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Research interests

As a member of the Centre for Research in Health and Social Care, Demi has maintained a primary interest in the effects of an ageing population on policy development and on the capacity of the health and social systems to respond to these needs. He has conducted research into the roles and responsibilities, interactions and linkages between the market, the state, the voluntary sector and informal sector in meeting the needs of older people.

He is a member of the Faculty Research Group - Ageing and the Life Course which examines changing life course patterns have influenced health and wellbeing, retirement and pension income, family structure, and social, economic and political participation of older people in society.  He is also interested in how experiences, choices, opportunities, and constraints earlier in the life course influence quality of life and wellbeing in older age.

He is also member of the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research and is examining the plight of poorer pensioners in the UK, Northern Ireland and Channel Isles.  As part of the PSEUK 2012 research team, Demi has lead the development of a Living Standards Index for the UK, as well as looking into changes in the prevalence and incidence of pensioner poverty and social exclusion in the UK. 

Research projects


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  • Ageing and the Life Course

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Think Ahead Independent Evaluation

Smith, R., Carpenter, J. S. W., Venn, L., Russell, C., Stepanova, E. & Patsios, D.


Project: Research

  • Justice, Inequality and Gender Based Violence

    Hester, M., Abrahams, H. A., Aghtaie, N., Bates, L., Eisenstadt, N., Gangoli, G., Matolcsi, A., Mulvihill, N., Patsios, D., Turner, W., Walker, S., Williamson, E., Robinson, A., McPhee, D., Rumney, P., Williams, A., Sterk, G. & Magnusson, L.


    Project: Research

  • Research Output


    Smith, R., Russell, C., Stepanova, E., Venn, L., Carpenter, J. & Patsios, D., 17 Apr 2019, University of Durham. 141 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    “Strivers”, “doers”, and “seekers”: Social workers and their commitment to the job

    Smith, R., Venn, L., Stepanova, E., Carpenter, J. & Patsios, D., 11 Dec 2018, In : Child and Family Social Work. p. 1-8 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Supervised Work

    Modelling the dynamic relationship between formal and informal long-term care between 1980 and 1995 in Britain: A multilevel approach

    Author: Patsios, D., 2001

    Supervisor: Smith, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)