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Three reasons why we need narratives about suffering in old age

There is a collective aversion when it comes to facing the realities of old age, or so John Harris argued in The Guardian last February. Harris is, of course, not the first to point at a widespread...


Don’t mind the gap

The gender pay gap is not a good measure of gender discrimination. The attention it is being given is disproportionate and misleading. If it leads to companies gaming it, its effects could be extre...


Are we waking up to ageing?

My own research interests in population ageing began when I was Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. As one of the first (if not the first) governments in the world, the ...


Ageing and the elderly in Russia: birth cohorts, production processes, and generations

In January and February 2018 I made research visits to Moscow to carry out work related to the Research Laboratory on the Economics of Health and Health Reform at the Russian Presidential Academy o...


21st Century Skills for Older Workers

In an era where people in the West are living longer and healthier lives, older workers  not only can - but often choose - to remain in the workforce longer or return to work post-retirement. ...


Wives at 12, Mothers by 13 #InternationalWomensDay

by Sarah Harper In recognition of International Women’s Day 2018 we highlight the plight of millions of women across the world still trapped in oppressive demographic regimes, which frame ...


Challenging ageism: time for a Convention on the rights of older people?

by Mark Gorman This year marks a major milestone. It was seventy years ago that the United Nations first agreed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with its commitment to the idea that, i...


Longitudinal Perspectives on Ageing

Theodore D Cosco Longitudinal research methods have been a staple of gerontological research, providing myriad insights into the processes of ageing and the mechanisms that underpin the heterog...


When will we develop global products to support older people?

About the Author Jeremy Myerson holds the Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design at the Royal College of Art and is a Visiting Fellow, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford Desp...


“Killing the Angel in the House”: from female suffrage to sex discrimination

It took such an effort to open the door, and now we walk through it without a backward glance – or don’t walk through it at all. That’s the tragedy, that some of us don’t us...


Is grandparenting good for you?

One of the most common roles that older people have around the world is being a grandparent. From Europe to US, from South America to Asia, grandparents provide support to their children when have ...


Sustainable intergenerational programmes: training opportunities for professionals

It was in the United States during the 1960s that intergenerational programmes - "initiatives or programmes that increased cooperation, interaction and intergenerational exchange" - first...


A provocation

The war on the old came out at the end of 2016, and I missed it at the time.  The author is John Sutherland, formerly Lord Northcliffe Professor of English Literature at University College Lon...


Dataviz for the sake of dataviz

I was recently invited to sit on a very intriguing panel on the future of data visualisation, organized by the Academic Research Support team at Oxford IT Services. The #datavizox event aimed to br...


Three stimuli during 2017

Towards the end of this year (2017), I wish to reflect on three exceptional moments of academic impetus: Impetus 1: Turning against our future selves...(?!) Age is the only category of discri...