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Dr David Lain

Senior Research Fellow

Brighton Business School

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 641922


David joined Brighton Business School in September 2008. He has a DPhil in Sociology from the University of Sussex, and previously worked as a Researcher at the Institute for Employment Studies.

David's recent research has focused on employment at the beginning and end of the working life-course. He has a particular interest in work beyond 'typical' retirement age, stemming from his doctoral research on employment past age 65 in the UK and USA. He has published articles on this topic in Work, Employment and Society and Journal of Social Policy. David currently has a three year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship to further explore the changing nature of work and retirement in the UK and US. He is also a co-investigator on the Economic and Social Research Council project 'Uncertain Futures: Managing Late-Career Transitions and Extended Working Life'.

He was the Principal Investigator for the Economic and Social Research Council 'Rethinking Retirement' seminar series, working with Professors Sarah Vickerstaff and Wendy Loretto ( He is co-editor of two journal special issues collecting papers from the series; these address the changing nature of work and employment in older age (in the journal Employee Relations), and pension reforms in Anglo Saxon countries (in Social Policy and Society). He is also member of the Associate Editorial Board of the journal Work, Employment and Society.

David has been invited to present his research to a range of policy audiences, including the European Economic and Social Committee of the European Parliament (Brussels), and the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Brussels). His commentary on older workers and retirement issues has been published by The Guardian newspaper, Personnel Today, Mature Times, HRZone, and the Institute of Leadership and Management. He also recently contributed to a debate on increases in State Pension Age on the Voice of Russia Radio:

At the other end of the age spectrum, David co-ordinated a Santander-funded research project on young people, employment and internships in Spain and the UK. This project included colleagues from Brighton Business School, the Institute for Employment Studies, and IKEI Research and Consultancy in Spain. A journal article jointly written by the researchers is forthcoming in the European Journal of Training and Development. He also worked with Professor Jacqueline O'Reilly on the EU Workcare Synergies project, which brought together research on labour market transitions across the life-course.

David currently supervises three PhD students related to his research interests: Christine Lewis is examining the abolition of the Educational Maintenance Allowance for young people; Karen Hanley is exploring the employment choices of people over 65 in Denmark and the UK; and Dave Wright is researching employment and well-being in older age in Germany and the UK. David welcomes enquiries from potential PhD students interested in conducting research on issues related to age, employment and policy.

David teaches Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management. He is a dissertation supervisor for the MSc in Personnel and Development.

David is a member of CROME.

Research Publications

Number of items: 17.

Lain, David (2015) Work beyond age 65 in England and the USA In: Scherger, S., ed. Paid work beyond pension age: comparative perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 31-56. ISBN 9781137435132

O'Reilly, Jacqueline, Eichhorst, Werner, Gabos, Andras, Hadjivassiliou, Kari, Lain, David, Leschke, Janine, McGuinness, Seamus, Kurekova, Lucia Mytna, Nazio, T., Ortlieb, Renate, Russell, Helen and Villa, Paola (2015) Five Characteristics of Youth Unemployment in Europe: Flexibility, Education, Migration, Family Legacies, and EU Policy SAGE Open, 5 (1). ISSN 2158-2440

Lain, David and Vickerstaff, Sarah (2014) Working beyond retirement age: lessons for policy In: Harper, S. and Hamblin, K., eds. International handbook on ageing and public policy. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 242-255. ISBN 9780857933904

Lain, David, Hadjivassiliou, Kari, Alza, Antonio Corral, Isusi, Iñigo, O'Reilly, Jacqueline, Richards, Victoria and Will, Sue (2014) Evaluating internships in terms of governance structures: contract, duration and partnership European Journal of Training and Development, 38 (6). pp. 588-603. ISSN 2046-9012

Loretto, Wendy, Lain, David and Vickerstaff, Sarah (2013) Guest editorial. Rethinking retirement: changing realities for older workers and employee relations? [Edited Collections]

Lain, David, Vickerstaff, Sarah and Loretto, Wendy (2013) Introduction: Rethinking retirement incomes: inequality and policy change in the UK and Anglo Saxon countries Social Policy and Society, 12 (1). pp. 73-75. ISSN 1474-7464

Lain, David, Vickerstaff, Sarah and Loretto, Wendy (2013) Reforming state pension provision in ‘Liberal’ Anglo-Saxon countries: re-commodification, cost-containment or recalibration? Social Policy and Society, 12 (1). pp. 77-90. ISSN 1474-7464

Lain, David (2012) Working past 65 in the UK and the USA: segregation into ‘Lopaq’ occupations? Work, Employment and Society, 26 (1). pp. 78-94. ISSN 0950-0170

O'Reilly, Jacqueline, Lain, David, Sheehan, Maura, Smale, Robert and Stuart, Mark (2011) Managing uncertainty: the crisis, its consequences and the global workforce Work, Employment and Society, 25 (4). pp. 581-595. ISSN 0950-0170

Lain, David (2011) Comparing health and employment in England and the United States In: Vickerstaff, S., Phillipson, C. and Wilkie, R., eds. Work, Health and Well-Being: The Challenges of Managing Health at Work. Policy Press, Bristol, UK, pp. 59-78. ISBN 9781847428080

Lain, David (2011) Helping the poorest help themselves? Encouraging employment past 65 in England and the USA Journal of Social Policy, 40 (3). pp. 493-512. ISSN 1469-7823

Lain, David (2010) Helping the poorest help themselves? Abolishing mandatory retirement in the UK and USA In: Older Workers in a Sustainable Society-Great Needs and Great Potentials , 9-11 June 2010, Oslo, Norway.

O'Reilly, Jacqueline and Lain, David (2010) Labour Market Transitions in Comparative Perspective: Policy briefing from EU research findings IHS WORKCARE SYNERGIES.

Lain, David (2009) Measuring ill-health and older workers: A comparison of the US and the UK In: BSG Annual Conference 2009, 2-4 September, 2009, Bristol, UK.

Lain, David (2009) Secondary workers? Employers' use of workers over 65 in the UK and USA: A preliminary analysis In: British Academy of Management Conference 2009, 15-17 Sep 2009, Brighton, UK.

Lain, David (2009) Welfare for Older People in the UK and USA: Shifting policy logics? In: Society for the advancement of Socio-Economics Annual Meeting: Capitalism in Crisis: What next?, 16-18 July 2009, Paris, France.

Lain, David and Aston, Jane (2005) Literature Review of Evidence on e-Learning in the Workplace Institute of Employment Studies.

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