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James Nazroo is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester, UK, Director of the ESRC research Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity and co-Director of the Manchester Institute for Collaborative research on Ageing. He holds honorary positions at University College London and at the University of Oxford. Before coming to Manchester, he was Professor of Medical Sociology in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL.

Issues of inequality, social justice and underlying processes of stratification have been the primary focus of his research activities, which have centred on gender, ethnicity, aging, and the interrelationships between these. His research on aging has focuses on understanding the patterns and determinants of social and health inequalities in aging populations, with a particular interest on the transmission of inequalities across the life course, patterns of retirement, formal and informal social and civic participation, and how class operates post-retirement.

Nazroo has conducted studies on quality of life for older people among different ethnic groups in the UK, on inequalities in health at older ages, and on routes into retirement and the impact of retirement on health and well-being. He is PI of the fRaill programme, an interdisciplinary study of inequalities in later life, and co-PI of the English Longitudinal Study of Aging, which is a multi-disciplinary panel study of those aged 50 and older, and part of an international family of very similar studies.

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