James Martin Senior Research Fellow
Director of PCAP Centre
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Kenneth Howse joined the Institute from the Centre for Policy on Ageing, where for several years he worked on a range of issues, including health policy and the place of religion in later life. His interest in ageing issues began in the late 1980s, when he was a Research Fellow with the Institute of Medical Ethics and worked on rationing problems in health care and the ethics of psychiatric research. This background in applied ethics is reflected in his strong interest in the ethical and normative dimension of the policy implications of demographic ageing. He manages the Health and Longevity research theme, and his current research focus is intergenerational equity and ethical issues surrounding ageing. He is currently working on problems of generational fairness in pension reform and the policy issues that are likely to arise as a result of the increasing prevalence of extreme longevity.
Howse was appointed co-ordinator, with Professor Sarah Harper, of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) Oxford research programme on ageing, and was also invited as an expert on longevity for the EU Framework ENHANCE project (longevity, biotechnology and human enhancement).
He is also a key member of The Complex Environmental Population Interactions Project which unites key demographers, economists, anthropologists, philosophers and environmentalists to address through research, modeling and scenarios, the range of complex interactions between environmental and demographic change over the first half of the 21st century.
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