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Dr David Lain

Senior Research Fellow

Brighton Business School

Telephone: +441273641922


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 primarily focused on older workers and retirement, with a particular focus on employment beyond age 65. He has published a number of journal articles and book chapters on this topic, and he has written book, 'Reconstructing Retirement', exploring prospects for extended working lives in the UK and USA. The book draws together research conducted during a three-year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship; for more details see

David was the Principal Investigator for the Economic and Social Research Council 'Rethinking Retirement' seminar series, working with Professors Sarah Vickerstaff and Wendy Loretto ( He was co-editor of two journal special issues collecting papers from the series (in the journals Employee Relations), and pension reforms in Anglo Saxon countries (in Social Policy and Society). David also worked with Professor Sarah Vickerstaff on the EU project 'Understanding the employment participation of older workers'.

David is currently a co-investigator on the Economic and Social Research Council project 'Uncertain Futures: Managing Late-Career Transitions and Extended Working Lives'. He is leading a qualitative project on grandparents and employment, working with the charity Granparents Plus. David is also working on a project exploring the management of older workers in UK and Norwegian organisations (funded by the Norwegian Research Council). He is member of the Associate Editorial Board of the journal Work, Employment and Society.

David has presented his research to a range of policy audiences, including the European Economic and Social Committee of the European Parliament, and the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. His commentary on older workers and retirement has been published by The Guardian newspaper, Personnel Today, Mature Times, HRZone, the Institute of Leadership and Management and the Voice of Russia Radio.

In addition to his research on older workers, David has co-ordinated a Santander-funded research project on young people, employment and internships in Spain and the UK. 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: Christine Lewis is examining the abolition of the Educational Maintenance Allowance for young people; Karen Hanley is exploring the employment choices of older people in Denmark; and Dave Wright is researching employment 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.

David is a member of CROME.

Research Publications

Number of items: 21.

van der Horst, Mariska, Vickerstaff, Sarah, Lain, David, Clark, Charlotte and Baumberg Geiger, Ben (2016) Pathways of paid Work, care provision, and volunteering in later careers: activity substitution or extension? Work, aging and retirement. pp. 1-23. ISSN 2054-4642

Lain, David (2016) Restructuring Retirement Policy Press, Bristol. ISBN 9781447326175

Phillipson, Chris, Vickerstaff, Sarah and Lain, David (2016) Achieving fuller working lives: Labour market and policy issues in the United Kingdom Australian Journal of Social Issues, 51 (2). pp. 187-203. ISSN 0157-6321

Lain, David and Loretto, Wendy (2016) Managing employees beyond age 65: from the margins to the mainstream? Employee Relations, 38 (5). pp. 646-664. ISSN 0142-5455

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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