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Ph.D. Sarah HARPER Professor of Gerontology and Director, Oxford Institute of Ageing, University of Oxford


 Sarah's research concerns globalization and global ageing, and the impact of population change, in particular the implications at the global, societal and individual level of the shift in population ages from predominantly young to predominantly older societies.
 Particular research interests are the impact of this demographic shift on intergenerational relationships and work. She has undertaken research in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific with particular interest in China, Japan and Malaysia, and is a PI the Global Ageing Study, a survey of 44,000 men and women aged 40 to 80 in 24 countries. She was first post holder of International Chair on Old Age Financial Security at the University of Malaya, advising the government on pension security.


Member, Ageing Society, Global Agenda Council, World Economic Forum 2010
Member, Royal Society Working Group on Population and the Planet
Global Advisor on Ageing Issues to HSBC
Governor, UK Pensions Policy Institute
English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) Advisory Board
International Collaborator, Australian Research Council/NHMRC Research Network in Ageing Well


Families in Ageing Societies, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004
Ageing Societies: Myths, Challenges and Opportunities, Hodder Arnold, London, 2006
Ageing in Asia. Routledge, London. Edited with Roger Goodman, 2008
The capacity of social security institutions to adapt in an ageing world, International Social Security Review, V 63: 3, 2010