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Academic Convenor, Hallmark Ageing Research Initiative, The University of Melbourne

Ruth Williams is the Academic Convenor of the Hallmark Ageing Research Initiative in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Ruth’s research on social gerontology focuses on the relationship between age and the labour market.

Ruth has project-managed research exploring the experiences, meaning and importance of older worker’s work-life transitions, employer attitudes, workplace policy, the relationship between health and employment, and caregiving and labour force participation. She has also worked in collaboration with a number of industry partners and organisational case studies from Australian and international government, university and private sectors to identify and implement strategies to maximise the benefits of an ageing workforce. Ruth is the author of the Age Management Toolkit for Employers and has previously worked as a Research Fellow at the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre and in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University.


  • –present
    Research Fellow, Ageing and the Lifecourse Research Group, Monash University


  • 2009 
    University of Ballarat, PhD