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Dr George Leeson

Professorial Fellow

M.A. (Oxon), M.Sc. (Oxon), PhD (Copenhagen), Fellow of the Galton Institute, Senior Research Fellow, Kellogg College

+44 (0) 1865 612808

Dr. George W. Leeson is a Professorial Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford. Dr. Leeson’s first degree was in Mathematics, followed by a Masters in Applied Statistics, both from Oxford. His Doctoral work was in Demography, firstly at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and then at the University of Copenhagen, where he worked as an Associate Professor at the Institute of Statistics, University of Copenhagen, before returning to Oxford to take up a Senior Research Fellowship in Demography.

Dr. Leeson’s main research interests are in the socio-demographic aspects of ageing populations, covering both demographic modelling of population development and the analysis of national and international data sets.

Dr. Leeson has directed the Danish Longitudinal Future Study, which elucidates the attitudes and aspirations of future generations of older people in Denmark, and he is Principal Investigator with Professor Sarah Harper on the Global Ageing Study, a survey of 44,000 men and women aged 40 to 80 in 24 countries.

Dr. Leeson’s current research includes the demographic inequalities of global ageing, the changing populations of Europe and Latin America, migration and migrants in Europe, causes and consequences of depopulation in Central and Eastern Europe, and future prospects for longevity.

Dr. Leeson is a leading 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.

Dr. Leeson directs the Institute’s research networks in Latin America (LARNA) and in Central and Eastern Europe (EAST) and also the Centre for Migration and Ageing Populations (MAP Centre).

In 2015, Dr. Leeson was appointed Visiting Professor of Demography at the University of Guanajuato-Leon in Mexico.


Recent professional commitments

Dr. Leeson has been demographic expert to address the impact of demographic developments on issues relating to food safety and nutrition at the European Commission, Health and Consumers Directorate-General, DG-SANCO, Directorate E -Safety of the Food Chain to help develop a strategy for DG SANCO's policy and legislative framework to deliver on EU food safety and nutrition to 2050.

Dr. Leeson has worked extensively with user groups, academics and providers across Europe in these areas of research, beginning in 1979-1981 as Specialist Advisor to the Danish Government Commission on Ageing; 1998 - 1999 Advisor to the Danish Government Programme on Older People and Technology; 1998 - 2000 International advisor to British Government initiative Better Government for Older People; 2002-2010 Member of Help the Aged's Social Policy Committee; 2003 -2008 Member of EU-Network PEFETE on late life learning and full citizenship (including the role of ICT); and 2010 - 2012  Chief Evaluator of IntergenerationAll, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Programme of Intergenerational Activities.

Dr. Leeson has been the demographic change expert working on the European Commission's independent evaluation of innovative measures under Article 6 of the ESF Regulation: innovative approaches to the management of change.

Dr. Leeson is co-editor of the Journal of Population Ageing and Population Horizons.






Links to publicly accessible reports; academic publications available on request.