My main area of research looks at social protection, health and the wellbeing of older people in developing countries. I am also interested in the economic and social effects of non-communicable diseases, such as stroke, heart disease and Alzheimer’s Disease. I have a more general interest in social policy, particularly in Latin America. 

Contrary to popular belief, more older people live in the developing world than in the rich north. Despite this, the condition of older people and the wider effects of population ageing are still seen as peripheral concerns in development policy. I have been involved in studies of older people’s wellbeing and vulnerability in Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and Thailand. I am currently involved in two funded research projects examining the wellbeing of older people and their families in eight different countries.

I work closely with a wide range of international development agencies. Between 2011 and 2012 I was a Senior Research Fellowship at the UK Government's Department for International Development, providing advice on social development and social protection. Between 2010 and 2011 I was seconded to the World Health Organisation's Ageing and Lifecourse Programme, as lead planner for a new WHO Programme on Primary Healthcare for Older People. I have also worked with the UN Secretary General’s Office to promote national capacity for mainstreaming age into development policy. As part of this, I was primary author for a United Nations Report "Guide to the National Implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing" (February 2008), available here.

CV and Experience

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 Before joining UEA in 1999, I held lectureships at the University of Glasgow and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Academic Background

  • PhD London School of Economics (Income maintenance strategies of elderly shanty town residents of Buenos Aires, Argentina) 
  • MA in Areas Studies (Latin America) London School of Economics

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