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Listen to Sarah Harper, an expert speaker on demographics, discuss the population challenge for the 21st century

Sarah Harper speakerAround the world, populations are growing older. But is that because people are living longer? Or could it be that there are fewer younger people to dilute the demographic pool? And what about ageing itself — when exactly is ‘old’ these days?

Sarah Harper, an Oxford University Professor of Gerontology and Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, grapples with these sorts of questions every day, asking how these changes will affect relationships, labour, migration, and even the environment. And while she presents the questions as challenges, she’s not arguing these challenges need end in tears.

“In the last 25 years,” she notes in this podcast, “this debate has moved around from the problem of an ageing society to the challenge of the society of an ageing society. And now people talk about the opportunity.”

Click here to listen to Sarah discuss the population challenge for the 21st century.

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Sarah Harper now member of David Cameron’s Council of Scientific Advisors

Sarah HarperATG|Chartwell congratulate Sarah Harper, Professor of Gerontology at the University of Oxford, who was recently appointed by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to join his Council of Scientific Advisors.

The Council’s remit is to advise the Prime Minister on strategic science and technology policy issues that cut across the responsibilities of individual government departments. We wish her well in taking on this new responsibility!

Click here to see who else made the list.

Sarah Harper: expert on population ageing

Watch Professor of Gerontology at Oxford University and the Director of the Oxford Institute of Ageing, Sarah Harper in video interview with the International Social Security Association.

Filmed at the Regional Social Security Forum for Europe (Poland, 2010) Sarah discusses consequences of global population ageing for society and for social security, arguing that demographic changes will have profound implications for education, health and work.

Click here to watch Sarah’s interview.

Sarah will also be convening the upcoming Trinity Term 2013 Seminar Series, ‘Fertility and Education’ conference at the Oxford Institute of Ageing in June this year.

Click here for more information on the ‘Fertility and Education’ seminar.


Professor Sarah Harper on BBC Radio 4’s Analysis this Month

Great to hear Professor Sarah Harper will be on BBC Radio 4’s Analysis programme later this month. One of the world’s leading experts on global population ageing, Sarah always has plenty of fascinating things to say about how ageing and demographic trends will drive public policy over the next 50 years, both in the UK and abroad.

Geronologist and expert on population ageing Professor Sarah Harper advises House of Lords

Professor Sarah Harper, Director of Oxford University’s Institute of Population Ageing and a global thought leader on causes and consequences of the ageing of the world’s population, has been advising a House of Lords Committee investigation into the implications for the UK of population ageing. According to a report in The Guardian, Sarah Harper told the peers “there were about 8 million people in the UK who would be expected to live to at least 100, and some experts believe at least 50% of children born since 2007 will live until 103. The Chair of the Committee has already warned “that the NHS, social care, public spending and the rest of society face dramatic change as a result.”

Professor Sarah Harper on why women live longer than men

Sarah Harper, Professor of Gerentology at the University of Oxford and founding Director of the university’s Institute if Population Ageing, is one of the world’s leading experts on global demography. Listen to her comparing male and female longevity on BBC Radio 4’s Frontiers of Science programme.

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