Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Professor Malcolm Johnson

Visiting Professor



Malcolm is a Visiting Professor in Gerontology and End of Life Care in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences at the University of Bath. He is also Emeritus Professor of Health & Social Policy at the University of Bristol. Between 1984 and 1995, he was Professor of Health & Social Welfare and first Dean of the School of Health & Social Welfare at the Open University. He is a former Secretary of the BSA Medical Sociology Group and of the British Society of Gerontology, and Founding Editor of the international journal Ageing and Society. He was also the founding Associate Editor of Sociology of Health & Illness. Malcolm has been Distinguished Visiting Professor at several North American and European universities. He is Director of the International Institute on Health and Ageing

  • Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Fellow of the British Society of Gerontology
  • Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America

Research interests

Malcolm's research and academic interests are wide, including:

  • the social aspects of health and illness
  • biographical studies
  • social policy analysis
  • death and dying
  • ageing and the lifespan
  • long term care of older people
  • spirituality in later life

Of his ten books and around 160 monographs, chapters and articles, more than half relate to ageing.

Malcolm's research and consultancy includes extensive work on the long term care of older people, theories of ageing and on assessment issues. Over the past fifteen years it has extended into end of life care and spirituality in later life. His work on End of Life Care in Care Homes recieved the Indpendent Healthcare Award and was runner up in The Guardian Public Service Awards.


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