Dr Alasdair Rutherford


Alasdair Rutherford is a senior lecturer in social statistics at the University of Stirling. His research is mainly applied econometric and statistical work using large national administrative and survey datasets. His interests include charities and non-profits, ageing, health and social care, volunteering and unpaid care.

Alasdair is part of the Scottish Administrative Data Research Centre; the Centre for Population Change; the Scottish Civil Society Data Partnership; and the Scottish Longitudinal Study of Ageing (HAGIS).

Alasdair will be contributing to the work package Comparing UK Care Systems: prospects, development and differentiation in the four UK care nations.

Research and publications

McCall, V., McCabe, L., Rutherford, A., Bu, F., Wilson, M. and Woolvin, M. (2020) Blurring and Bridging: The Role of Volunteers in Dementia Care within Homes and Communities. Journal of Social Policy, 49 (3), pp. 622-642.

Lambert, P. and Rutherford, A. (2020) Occupational inequalities in volunteering participation: Using detailed data on jobs to explore the influence of habits and circumstances. British Journal of Sociology.

McCall, V., Phillips, J., Lovatt, M., Robertson, J., Rutherford, A., Woolrytch, R., Sixsmith, J., Macintyre, Z., Porteus, J., Ziegler, F. and Eadie, J. (2019) Housing and Ageing: Linking future strategy to future delivery for Scotland, Wales and England 2030. Scottish Universities Insight Institute and Social Policy Association.

Bu, F. and Rutherford, A. (2019) Dementia, home care and institutionalisation from hospitals in older people. European Journal of Ageing, 16 (3), pp. 283-291.

Rutherford, A. C. and Bu, F. (2018) Issues with the Measurement of Informal Care in Social Surveys: Evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.

Douglas, E., Rutherford, A.C. and Bell, D. (2018) “Pilot study protocol to inform a future longitudinal study of ageing using linked administrative data: Healthy AGeing In Scotland (HAGIS)” BMJ Open

Rutherford, A. C. and Bu, F. (2017) “Issues with the Measurement of Informal Care in Social Surveys: Evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing” Ageing and Society

Robertson, J.M., Bowes, A., Gibson, G., McCabe, L., Emma, L.R., Rutherford, A.C. and Wilińska, M., (2016) “Spotlight on Scotland: Assets and Opportunities for Aging Research in a Shifting Sociopolitical Landscape” The Gerontologist 56(6) pp 979 – 989

Rutherford, A.C. and Bowes, A. (2014) “Networks of Informal Caring: a Mixed-Methods Approach” Canadian Journal on Aging, 33 (4), pp. 473-487Link

Bell, D.N.F. & Rutherford, A. C. (2013) “Individual and Geographic Factors in the Formation of Care Networks in the UK” Population, Space and Place 19 (6), 727-737Link

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