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Professor James GoodwinResearcher


Age UK

Job title

Head of Research


207-221 Pentonville Road
N1 9UZ
United Kingdom

Other disciplines


Specialist areas

Climate and the health of older people

Methodology areas

Knowledge transfer/research impact
Public value and public involvement
Mixed methods/multidisciplinarity


Professor Goodwin is the recently appointed Head of Research in the newly merged charity, Age UK – formerly Age Concern and Help the Aged. The mission of the new charity, one of the largest in the UK, is to improve the lives of older people.

He holds a visiting professorship at Loughborough University in the Department of Human Sciences. He is a member of the editorial board of the UK journal ‘Quality in Ageing’. He sits on numerous expert bodies, including a Ministerial Advisory Group on Research, a UN Research Agenda for Ageing panel, the UN Digital Health Group, a WHO Advisory Group, scientific advisory panels of the research councils and is Chair of the Halcyon Knowledge Transfer Steering Committee at UCL. He presented evidence to the House of Lords Inquiry on the Scientific Aspects of Ageing (Select Committee on Science and Technology) in 2005 and 2009, and to a US Congressional hearing in 2006. He chairs the Steering Committee for Health Forecasting and Older People and is a member of the Health Research Scientific Committee at the UK Met Office

Dr Goodwin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Keele University, UK. After graduation and service in HMForces, he read for a Master’s in Human Biology at Loughborough University and then for a PhD in medical science in Professor Sir John Tooke’s department at the Postgraduate Medical School, University of Exeter. His research area was the effects of temperature variations on the autonomic cardiovascular responses of older people, an area highly relevant to the issue of climate change and older people’s health. After 15 years in the university sector he was appointed as Head of Research at the Help the Aged in 2002.