Uncertain Futures

Inequalities facing women over 50 and work in Manchester.

Uncertain Futures is an unique art and research collaborative work which aims to highlight and analyse the intersectional inequalities facing women over 50 around work.

This includes inequalities relating to gender, age, race, disability, migration status and other statuses.

The project was initially developed by artist Suzanne Lacy with an Advisory Group formed of women over 50 from Manchester’s diverse communities in association with Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester City Council’s Work and Skills Team.

It is supported by a research team from the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Research Aims

The research question being investigated is:

  • What are the inequalities facing women over 50 in relation to work?

This includes research into access to work, in-work conditions, pension and retirement and also the impact of Covid-19.

Principle Investigator

Research team

The research team is made up of the Co-Is with an Advisory Group of women from across Manchester and Ruth Edson from Manchester Art Gallery.


Arts Council England, Art Fun. d / Evan Cornish Foundation / MICRA—Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing / Economic and Social Research Council, Festival of Social Science, university of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, Participatory Research Fund.

Partner Organisations

We have a variety of partners which can be viewed and accessed here.

More Information

Contact Information

Dr Elaine Dewhurst

E-mail: elaine.dewhurst@manchester.ac.uk