Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy

Understanding the Gender Pension Gap in the UK


Principal Investigator: Dr Sunčica Vujić

Research Team: Dr Fiona MacKichan (University of Bristol)

Funder: South West Crucible

Duration: 1 October 2013 – 1 June 2014


Project rationale and aims

Research groups

This project aims to examine the gender pension gap and engage with older women to critically reflect on known factors which affect women’s lower income in retirement and identify any additional factors not currently taken into consideration.

The research proposes to connect different socio-economic factors in explaining the gender pension gap and further uses both quantitative and qualitative approaches in tackling the research subject.

Project outputs and impact

  • The project questionnaire, sent to 500 older women (age 65 and over) randomly sampled from the mailing list of the Bristol Older People’s Forum (BOPF).
  • The project workshop. At the workshop the research team will describe the results of the questionnaire on gender pension gap and will use these as the basis for discussing some of the issues facing older women in more depth. Hearing women’s views in this way will help us understand what the most important issues are and will help to focus future research on gender pension gap.
  • Project final report.
  • Policy briefing paper/Press release.
  • A report of the workshop will also be sent to workshop participants and reported in the Bristol Older People’s Forum (BOPF) quarterly newsletter.
  • Findings of this project will inform the development of a large grant application.

Find out more about this project

Name: Dr Suncica Vujic
Title: Visiting Senior Lecturer
Department: Dept of Economics
E-mail: sv289@bath.ac.uk