Kenneth Howse

James Martin Senior Research Fellow

Tel: +44 (0) 1865 612809


Kenneth Howse is a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, and managing editor of Population Horizons.

He 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 stream in the Institute, and his current research focus is ageing in South East Asia where he is leading a study of the role of Older People’s Associations in different countries in the region.  

Recent professional committments

Howse was appointed co-ordinator, with Professor Sarah Harper, of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) Oxford research programme on ageing, and is working on a collaboration with the Centre for Healthy Ageing at the Uinverisyt of Copenhagen.

He is a member of the EU/UNECE Expert Advisory Group on Index Development for Active Ageing, and also participates in the University collaboration in Innolife, a European project to develop and facilitate collaboration between universities and industry on healthy ageing.

He is also a key member of The Collen Programme on Fertility, Education and the Environment.

Recent publications

Journal articles and book chapters

  • Updating the debate on intergenerational fairness. Social Policy & Administration 2007; 40(1):50-64
  • Age and ageing: developing theories and making policy. Sociology 2009 43: 388-393.
  • An upper limit to longevity. J Population Ageing 2009; 1: 99-106. (with S Harper).
  • A review of longevity trends in the UK to 2025 and beyond. J Population Ageing 2009; 1: 225-240 (with S Harper).
  • Policy-making for a new generations of  interventions in age-related disease and declineIn: Enhancing human capacities Eds Savelscu, ter Meulen & Kahane. Wiley-Blackwell 2011
  • Socio-geographic variations in mortality in a large retired UK population.J. Population Ageing; 2012 4(4): 231-249.  (with A-M Madrigal)
  • Healthy ageing: the role of health care services.  Perspectives in public health, 2012; 132(4): 171-177.
  • Editorial: Health inequalities and social justice. J. Population Ageing; 2012; 5(1).
  • Sustainability and intergenerational justice in age-related transfersIn: International Handbook on Ageing and Public Policy Eds Harper and Hamblin, Edward Elgar (forthcoming 2014)

Other reports and articles

  • Living longer and prospering: designing an adequate, sustainable and equitable UK state pension system. London: Hymans Roberston, 2011 (with Sarah Harper & Steven Baxter).
  • Caught in the fertility trap.  The World Today, April-May 2013.
  • What is fertility stalling and why does it matter?   OIPA Collen Working paper, 2014.