Professor Sarah Harper, Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, spoke at the Oxford London Lecture 2012, titled ‘The 21st Century – the last century of youth?’’, in the Church House Conference Centre in Westminster, 13 march 2013. The Oxford London Lecture 2012 is an annual lecture series hosted by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford and staged in association with The Guardian. The series aims to explore the latest Oxford research and consider how it can affect the world in the 21st century. In this year's lecture Professor Harper has discussed the effects of a global demographic transition whereby falling birth rates and longevity are changing the age structure of countries.
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Sarah Harper is Professor of Gerontology at Oxford University and Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, a multi-disciplinary research unit concerned with the implications of future population change. Professor Harper serves on the Royal Society Working Group, Population and the Planet; Scientific Advisory Board, Natural England; Global Agenda Council on Ageing of World Economic Forum; Advisory Board, English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and is a Governor of the UK Pensions Policy Institute. She is author of Ageing Societies and Editor of the Journal of Population Ageing, Springer.