Emanuela Bianchera and Sara Arber
Emanuela Bianchera is an EU-funded Marie Curie Fellow at the Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender (CRAG) at University of Surrey, UK (2005-08). She graduated from Parma University, Italy. She has collaborated on projects on gender inequalities with Parma, Bologna and Roskilde (Denmark) universities and worked as a social scientist in the non profit sector. At Surrey, she is conducting a PhD on gender and sleep in Italy, addressing how sleep connects with gender roles, family care, psychophysical wellbeing, work-life balance and ageing.
Centre for Research on Gender and Ageing (CRAG)
Department of Sociology
University of Surrey
Guildford GU2 7XH
Sara Arber is Professor of Sociology, and Co-Director, Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender (CRAG) at University of Surrey, UK. She was Head, School of Human Sciences (2001-04) and Head, Sociology Department (1996-2002) at Surrey, and was President of the British Sociological Association (1999-2001). Sara has written over 200 journal articles on gender and ageing, and on inequalities in health. She is currently pioneering multi-disciplinary research on the sociology of sleep, including a major ESRC New Dynamics of Ageing study on 'Optimising quality of sleep among older people in the community and care homes', SomnIA. Her books include The Myth of Generational Conflict: Family and State in Ageing Societies (with Claudine Attias-Donfut, Routledge, 2000), Gender and Ageing: Changing Roles and Relationships (with Kate Davidson and Jay Ginn, 2003); and Connecting Gender and Ageing (with Jay Ginn, 1995), which won the Age Concern prize for best book on Ageing in 1996.