Andrew King is Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender (CRAG) at the University of Surrey. He has an international reputation in researching older LGBT+ lives and is Project Lead on “Comparing Intersectional Life Course Inequalities amongst LGBTQI+ Citizens in Four European Countries” (CILIA – LGBTQI+) and responsible for all aspects of the English part of that project. He has published many articles based on his research over the years and his books include ‘Older LGBT People: Minding the Knowledge Gaps’ (Routledge 2018), ‘Older Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults: Identities, Intersections, Institutions’ (Routledge 2016), ‘Intersections of Ageing, Gender and Sexualities: International Multidisciplinary Perspectives’ (Policy Press 2019) and ‘Sexualities Research: Critical Interjections, Diverse Methodologies and Practical Applications’ (Routledge 2017). Andrew’s other research interests include housing and LGBT+ people, social connections amongst people in later life, young people’s transitions to adulthood and living in retirement communities.


Matthew Hall is a Research Fellow with CILIA-LGBTQI+ in the Department of Sociology, University of Surrey. He works with Andrew King exploring life-course and workplace inequalities of LGBTQI+ individuals. His main research interests cover LGBTQI+ life-course inequalities, hate crime and far-right extremism. Matt is near completion of his PhD at the University of Surrey where he is modelling the emergence of extremist groups using agent-based modelling and has recently finished working with the Alan Turing Institute, building an East Asian Prejudice Machine Learning Classifier.  He has also taught a module on hate crime at the School of Law and Criminology, University of Greenwich.


Jo Smith studied at the University of Surrey for her MSc in Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Social Research, and has recently submitted her PhD on feminist women’s experiences of online gendered hate. She is working as a research assistant on the CILIA-LGBTQI+ study. Her main research interests are research methods, hate crime, LGBTQI+ and women’s experiences of abusive behaviours, and online offending. She current works as a teaching fellow at the University of Leicester and she is the chair of the British Society of Criminology Hate Crime Network.


Sait Bayrakdar joined the University of Surrey as a postdoctoral research fellow in the CILIA-LGBTQI+ study. He works with Andrew King on the life course transitions of LGBTQI+ individuals. His main research interests are education, social stratification, youth transitions, intersectionality, life-course, and housing. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Essex, where he worked in the Norface-funded ‘2000 Families’ project and investigated the educational outcomes and mobility in Turkish families in Europe in comparison to the non-migrant families from similar backgrounds in Turkey. In this body of research, he studied the educational outcomes across generations and investigated the transmission of socio-economic resources over three generations. After finishing his Ph.D. he worked as a postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Cambridge where he investigated housing transitions of young adults. In this particular area, he studied the patterns of leaving parental home and transition to homeownership in Britain. Prior to joining The University of Surrey, he worked at King’s College London where he studied youth transitions to education, training, and employment.