Population ageing and international migration are two of the major societal trends that European societies are facing today. These trends affect not only the ways in which we conceive aging and old age but also the manner in which elderly care is planned and provided.
As a critical social gerontologist, Prof. Torres – who holds both a Professorship in Sociology and the Chair in Social Gerontology at Uppsala University as well as a Guest Professorship in Aging at Linköping University – has conducted numerous studies that problematize old age-related constructs; shed critical light on commonly used methods in health and social care and deconstruct some of the taken for granted assumptions that guide policy and practice for the older segments of our population. Her main contributions to research on aging and old age are based on studies that have aimed to expand the social gerontological imagination through the use of knowledge gathered in the sociology of ethnicity/ migration, social work and the caring sciences. Prof. Torres has authored over 70 publications and has presented her work in over 100 international conferences. Her latest peer-reviewed articles are contributions to Plos One, Journal of Intercultural Studies, Journal of Aging Studies and Ageing & Society.