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Rethinking Retirement: public policies to support life changes | LSE Festival

Hosted by LSE Festival: People and Change

In-person and online public event (MAR 2.04, Marshall Building)


Professor Sir Vince Cable

Professor Sir Vince Cable

David Sinclair

David Sinclair

Susan Scholefield

Susan Scholefield


Professor Alexander Evans

Professor Alexander Evans

Are you ready to retire?  What will your last job be?  And when do you want to step back from full or part-time work to a portfolio or full retirement?  Prior to retiring people rarely consider these questions, and there is little of a public policy framework to help them do so. 

How much do we understand – or anticipate - the psychological life-change around moving from a full-time executive role to something else?  The path to retirement is sometimes direct, sometimes voluntary and rarely what we think it will be. 

We discuss what research, teaching and ethnography can tell us about public policy around aging and the transition from work to retirement.  The discussion touches on current public policy debates about the retirement age, anti-age discrimination, health and well-being. 

Meet our speakers and chair

Vince Cable (@vincecable) is Professor in Practice at the School of Public Policy at LSE. He was UK Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade (2010-2015). He was Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2017-19. He served for 20 years as MP for Twickenham and retired in 2019.

David Sinclair (@sinclairda) is currently Chief Executive at the International Longevity Centre. He has worked in policy and research on ageing and demographic change for 20 years. David has previously worked as an expert for the pan-European Age Platform, as Vice-Chair of the Government’s Consumer Expert Group for Digital Switchover, and as Chair for OpenAge.

Susan Scholefield, CMG has served as the Director General for the Ministry of Defence, UK. She has previously been the LSE’s School Secretary and was an adviser to the National Audit Office on Civil Service Reform. Her career has included senior roles in the Balkans Secretariat, Northern Ireland Office, Communities Department and the Cabinet Office as head of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat. In 1999 she was awarded a CMG in the New Year’s Honours for her work on Bosnia.

Alexander Evans (@aiaevans) ) is a Professor at the LSE School of Public Policy. His previous academic posts have included being the Henry Kissinger Chair at the Library of Congress, a Senior Fellow at Yale, an4d a Gwilym Gibbon Fellow at Nuffield College Oxford. He has a PhD in politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.  

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