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People Professor Sarah Harper

Co-Director, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing


Professor of Gerontology

Research interests focus on globalization and global ageing, and the impact of population change, in particular the implications at the global, societal and individual level of the shift in population ages from predominantly young to predominantly older societies. Particular research interests are the impact of this demographic shift on intergenerational relationships and work.

Media Coverage

Jun 2017
Six inspirational baby boomers prove how you can explode the myth of ageing
Jun 2017
Retain and retrain - how to keep an ageing population happy at work
May 2017
Till death do us part? It’ll take a while
May 2017
Don't call people 'old' until death is near, says gerontologist
May 2017
Increased life expectancy should mark end of ''til death do us part' marriage vows
Mar 2017
The Compass: Demographics, Economic Tectonics
Feb 2017
Brexit migration cuts could push state pension age up
Jan 2017
Hard Brexit means retiring later, Britons warned
Jan 2017
The New World, 'It's the Demography, Stupid!'
Nov 2016
Thinking Allowed: Population change - Chronic illness
Nov 2016
The fall-less city and other innovations for a healthier old age
Mar 2014
Radio: Saturday Breakfast
Mar 2014
Britons have shortest retirement of any major EU country
Dec 2013
Google’s Ray Kurzweil predicts how the world will change
Sep 2013
First World War still shaping Britain as 'original baby-boomers' trigger surge in over-90s
Sep 2013
Statins: A £14 Billion Sweetheart
Aug 2013
Economic benefits of Britain's baby boom
Mar 2013
Is it just me – or are popes getting younger these days?
Mar 2013
The Lords report is right – we must be responsible for our old age
Mar 2013
Ageing Britain
Mar 2013
Three score years and twenty
Mar 2013
The challenge of ageing
Feb 2013
Ageing population will have huge impact on social services
Jan 2013
Set pension age 'not fair'.
Dec 2012
Why do women outlive men?
Nov 2012
Why do women live longer than men?
Oct 2012
Why Britain's cities should become dementia-friendly
Oct 2012
The World Tonight
Oct 2012
The World Tonight
Sep 2012
How we all will live to be 100
Aug 2012
Ageing population
May 2012
Vital rebalancing act
Apr 2012
People and the Planet
Apr 2012
Scientists calls for rethink on consumption, population
Apr 2012
Planning to flourish in a world of 7 billion
Apr 2012
'People and the planet' report delivers stark warnings
Apr 2012
China's Achilles heel
Apr 2012
Health and work in the age of ageing
Mar 2012
A chinking time bomb
Mar 2012
Why we’re a nation of pill poppers
Mar 2012
Will 10-year-olds be popping pills to live longer?
Mar 2012
Age of youth is passing
Mar 2012
You want to live to 1,000? Start making friends
Mar 2012
The changing age structures of countries
Mar 2012
We would rather pop a pill than live a healthy life
Mar 2012
A nation addicted to statins
Mar 2012
Years extended through simple lifestyle changes
Mar 2012
The last century of youth?
Mar 2012
Saving lives, spending less
Mar 2012
Lifestyle change halved heart death rate
Jan 2012
Long lives and low birth rates are a problem across the West
Nov 2011
Longevity will be the new inequality
Nov 2011
Living past 100
Oct 2011
World population reaches 7 billion
Oct 2011
Population at 7 billion
Oct 2011
Population: Should we worry?
Jun 2011
Scrap pension age, academic says
Mar 2011
Disaster is heavy burden to bear for Japan's elderly
Jan 2011
Call to ditch single pension age