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Professor Asghar Zaidi 

Professor of International Social Policy , Visiting Professor at London School of Economics; and Senior Advisor, European Centre Vienna

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Professor Asghar Zaidi is Professor of International Social Policy within Social Sciences: Ageing/Gerontology at the University of Southampton.


DPhil Economics, University of Oxford, 2004
M.A. Economic Policy and Planning (distinction in thesis), Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, 1989
M.Sc Economics, (A-Grade overall), Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, 1987
B.A., majoring in Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics (1st Division), Government College Lahore, 1983


Sept-2012 to date: University of Southampton, Professor in International Social Policy
March2015 to date: Visiting Professor, London School of Economics, London
March2004 to date: Research Affiliate, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
Sept-2012 to date: Senior Advisor, European Centre Vienna.
Sept-2009 to Sept-2012: Director Research, European Centre Vienna
Sept-2007 to Sept-2009: Senior Economist, OECD, Paris
Sept-2006 to Sept-2007: Director Research, European Centre Vienna
Sept-2005 to Sept-2006: Economic Advisor, Department of Work and Pensions, London
Sept-2004 to Sept-2005: Research Officer, University of Oxford

Significant Achievements

Within the framework of the 2012 European Year, Professor Zaidi coordinated the Active Ageing Index Project at European Centre Vienna, and he continued leading this work in the second phase of the AAI project during 2014-2015.

During 2013, working with HelpAge International, he developed the first-ever index to measure the wellbeing of older people on a worldwide scale, called the Global AgeWatch Index.

During 2014, he contributed a background paper to UNDP’s 2014 Human Development Report, titled ‘Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience’.

During 2013-2017, he will be one of the lead researchers in the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme Project MOPACT (Mobilising the Potential of Active Ageing).

During 2015-2016, he will be the Principal Investigator of the newly funded ESRC project ‘Understanding quality of life and well-being of older people – Case studies of China, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh’, in partnership with HelpAge International.

He has been one of the international experts advising WHO’s Centre for Health Development in Kobe, Japan, in developing indicators for WHO’s network of age-friendly cities. He provided advice during the very first expert consultation in St Gallen, Switzerland (in August 2012) and then in the second expert consultation meeting (in Québec City, Canada, in September 2013).

He contributed to UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs the Expert Group Meeting on “Global ageing and the data revolution - the way forward in the post-2015 environment” in New York on 7-9 July 2015.

He was the key speaker at the sixth working session of the UN Open Ended Working Group on Ageing, New York, 16 July 2015.




Research interests

Population ageing and its social and economic consequences;

Active and healthy ageing;

Pension policy and its impact on fiscal and social sustainability of welfare states;

Labour market status and social exclusion of persons with disabilities;

Poverty and social exclusion among older people;

Dynamic microsimulation modelling.

Research projects

‘Active Ageing Index – Second phase’, United National Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and European Commission, during 2014-2015

‘MOPACT - Mobilising the Potential of Active Ageing’, funded by European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme, during 2013-2017

‘Understanding quality of life and well-being of older people – Case studies of China, India and Bangladesh’, funded by ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative, in partnership with HelpAge International London

‘ATHLOS - Ageing trajectories of health: longitudinal opportunities and synergies’, funded by European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme, 2015-2018

Research projects

Active Ageing Index – Second phase

The Active Ageing Index (AAI) has been developed for the EU countries during 2012, the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. The work was initiated at the European Centre, and its second phase (2013-2015) focuses on updating the Index to additional time points, extending it to new countries, dialoguing with stakeholders and encouraging its wider take-up. The work in this project benefits greatly from the advice of the AAI’s International Expert Group, comprising academics, statisticians and representatives of national governments and international organisations.

The latest report ‘Active Ageing Index 2014: Analytical Report’ will be launched in Brussels during the International Seminar ‘Building an evidence base for active ageing policies: Active Ageing Index and its potential’, 16–17 April 2015.







Professor Asghar Zaidi
Centre for Research on Ageing Social Sciences University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number:58/4108

Telephone:(023) 8059 3787

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