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Economic, Social and Political Sciences

Inaugural lecture by Professor Asghar Zaidi: 'Changing the way we age' Event

16:30 - 17:45
30 October 2013
Building 58 (Murray building), Lecture Theatre 1067, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton.

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Sarah Dack on +44 (0) 23 8059 2522 (x 22522) or email .

Event details

A major aspiration in modern societies is that people enjoy an active and healthy life in their old age, in particular in European and North American countries where life expectancy gains have been among the highest in the world. While we rejoice to live longer, and in better health and with more financial security, we also query how these aspirations can be sustained with our behavioural responses, and through public policy and institutional reforms and innovations. The challenge for scholars is therefore to identify, recommend and promote strategies that stimulate and sustain the activity, independence and health of older people and make public welfare systems sustainable – through in-depth national, sub-national and comparative research and analysis. This lecture will reflect on the usefulness of comparative research, in building evidence on policy lessons that can be learned from international comparisons of active and healthy ageing outcomes.

The event starts at 16:30 **please note change of time (the event was orginially advertised at 18:00)

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Sarah Dack, Faculty of Social & Human Sciences, University of Southampton:

Telephone: +44 (0) 23 8059 2522 (x 22522)

Speaker information

Professor Asghar Zaidi,Asghar Zaidi is Professor in International Social Policy in Social Sciences, University of Southampton, affiliated to the Centre for Research on Ageing (CRA) and the ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC). He is also a research associate of Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at London School of Economics and at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). Previously, he worked as Director of Research at the UN-Affiliated think-tank European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, in Vienna; as Senior Economist at the Social Policy Division of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Directorate of OECD, Paris; as Economic Advisor to UK’s Minister of State for Pensions, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) London; and as a researcher at London School of Economics and Oxford University.

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