Professor John Macnicol

Professor John Macnicol

Visiting Professor

Department of Social Policy

Key Expertise
Ageing, Retirement

About me

John Macnicol is Visiting Professor in Social Policy. Before coming to LSE, he was Professor of Social Policy at Royal Holloway, University of London.

His main fields of research are twofold: firstly, the history of the idea of an ‘underclass’; secondly, ageing and social policy, age discrimination and retirement. With regard to the former he is completing work on a history of the idea of an ‘underclass’ in the USA between the 1950s and the 2000s.

He has published many articles and chapters on this topic over the years, the most recent of which is ‘Reconstructing the Underclass’,  Social Policy and Society, 2, 3, Jan. 2017. With regard to the latter, he has published extensively in recent years. The most recent are: Neoliberalising Old Age (Cambridge University Press, 2015); ‘Intergenerational Equity: Historical Reconstructions’, in Cornelius Torp (ed.), Challenges of Aging: Retirement, Pensions, and Intergenerational Justice, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015); ‘A Race to the Bottom? The Call for Intergenerational Fairness’, Written evidence submitted to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee, March 2016,

Curriculum Vitae

Expertise Details

the history of the idea of an 'underclass'; ageing and social policy; age discrimination and retirement