Dr Martin Hyde is an Associate Professor in Gerontology at Swansea University. His main research interests are on ageing and later life and he has published on a wide range of topics from quality of life, work and retirement, health inequalities and consumption in later life. His recent book ‘Ageing and Globalization’ with Prof Paul Higgs is published by Policy Press. He has been involved in a number of large scale studies including the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), the Survey for Health, Retirement and Ageing in Europe (SHARE) and the Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Study of Health (SLOSH). He co-ordinates the Integrated Datasets in Europe for Ageing Research network and is a Deputy Editor for Ageing & Society and an Associate Editor for BMC Geriatrics and Gerontology.