Demographic changes across the world pose one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century. Longer lifespans and shifting fertility rates bring with them an array of global health issues. In this lecture, Professor Sarah Harper, Co-Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, will talk about the causes and effects of population change and the global age structural shift, and Professor Robyn Norton, Co-Director of The George Institute for Global Health, will address the implications of these changes on global health.
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About the speakers
Professor Sarah Harper is Co-Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, Professor of Gerontology at the University of Oxford, and Senior Research Fellow Nuffield College.
She serves on the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, currently chairs the UK government Foresight Review on Ageing Societies, and the European Ageing Index Panel for the UNECE Population Unit, and is a Governor of the Pensions Policy Institute. She was the first holder of the International Chair in Old Age Financial Security, at the University of Malaya (2009/10) and her research was recognised by the 2011 Royal Society for Public Health: Arts and Health Research Award.
Internationally, Sarah represents the UK on the European Science Academies’ Demographic Change in Europe Panel, serves on the Council of Advisors of Population Europe and on the Advisory Board of the World Demographic Association. She is an International Advisor on the University of Tokyo Global Leadership Initiative and represents Oxford on the Ageing and Demography Collaboration of the International Association of Research Universities.
Sarah served as Advisor to the Malaysian Government, Advisor to the Singapore Government’s Third Age Council and as a Specialist Advisor for the European Commission Demographic Change Programme. She served as an International Advisor to the Swedish Academy, European Advisor to the MacArthur Foundation, Advisor on Ageing Issues to the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon and was Global Advisor on Ageing Issues for HSBC plc. She served on the Royal Society’s Working Group on Population, the Wellcome Trust Health Consequences of Population Change Panel and on the World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council on Ageing Societies.
Alongside keynotes at academic conferences, Sarah has spoken at World Economic Forums in China and Australia, presented various TED and TED linked talks. She was invited to give the 2012 Oxford-London Lecture on the subject of population change.
Professor Robyn Norton is co-founder and Principal Director of The George Institute for Global Health, a not-for-profit medical research institute that aims to increase the provision of safe, effective and affordable healthcare, especially for disadvantaged populations worldwide. She is Professor of Global Health and James Martin Professorial Fellow at the University of Oxford, Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney and Honorary Professor at Peking University.
The George Institute for Global Health has offices in the United Kingdom (Oxford), India (New Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore), Australia (Sydney) and China (Beijing and Hong Kong). With around 500 staff worldwide, The George Institute conducts a large program of population health, clinical care and health systems research, focusing on the development of innovative strategies to Increase access to safe, effective and affordable healthcare and to combat conditions responsible for the largest proportion of premature death and disability worldwide. From 2011-2014, The George Institute was ranked within the top 10 research institutions worldwide for the impact of its work.
Professor Norton is internationally regarded for her research on the causes, prevention and management of injuries and the management of various critical conditions in surgical and intensive care settings. She has had a long-standing commitment to improving women’s health, ranging from better understanding the causes of liver cirrhosis in women to better management of hip fracture in women, particularly in resource-poor environments. Professor Norton has given many invited lectures on the topics of injury, trauma care and global health. In New Delhi in 2014, she delivered the inaugural University of Oxford-India Lecture entitled “Mobilising Healthcare: Harnessing Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship”.