Sara Arber, Jenny Hislop and Simon Williams

Sara Arber

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.

United Kingdom


Jenny Hislop

Jenny Hislop is a Lecturer in Social Gerontology in the Research Institute for Life Course Studies at Keele University. Jenny's research interests centre on the sociology of sleep, gender, ageing, women's health, and life course transitions. Prior to coming to Keele, Jenny was a Research Fellow at University of Surrey where her projects included the EU-funded Sleep in Ageing Women and the ESRC-funded Negotiating Sleep among Couples. Her work has been disseminated widely at national and international conferences as well as in academic journals and in the media. Jenny is Secretary-Elect of the British Society of Gerontologists.

Institute of Life Course Studies
Keele University
United Kingdom


Simon Williams

Simon J. Williams is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. His recent research has focused on the sociological dimensions of sleep, including his latest book 'Sleep and Society: Sociological Ventures into the (Un)Known'. (Routledge, 2005). He is currently researching the pharmaceuticalisation of sleep and wakefulness, and the social construction of sleep(iness) in relation to a variety of (new) media.

Dept of Sociology
University of Warwick
United Kingdom