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Dr Isabella Aboderin

Research Fellow, 2006-2013

Senior Research Scientist, African Population & Health Research Centre (APHRC)


APHRC Campus, 2nd Floor
Manga Close, Off Kirawa Road
P.O. Box 10787-00100



Dr. Aboderin holds a BSc degree in Cellular and Molecular Pathology, from the University of Bristol; an MSc degree in Health Promotion Sciences from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; and PhD in Social Policy Studies from the University of Bristol.

Isabella was instrumental in the establishment of AFRAN during the period when she was Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing at the University of Oxford. Before which she worked as a Technical Officer on the WHO Ageing and Life Course Programme; a research associate at the International Institute of Health and Ageing, University of Bristol and as a research consultant on projects for the WHO, DFID, IDPM and the Commonwealth Foundation.

Currently, Isabella is the Regional Chair for Africa of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG), Advisory Board member of the World Demographic and Aging Forum (WDA), Member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Aging Societies, and Board Member of HelpAge International. She also serves on the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights Working Group on the Rights of Older Persons in Africa.

Key research/capacity building interests

Research Interests

  • Impacts of social change and contexts on intergenerational family support norms, patterns and relationships
  • Social determinants of health in old age
  • Ageing and the Life course

Capacity Building Interests

  • Mentoring

Key methodological skills

  • Extensive expertise in qualitative methodologies
  • Experience of quantitative survey design.

Current/planned research

Development agendas in Africa, with a focus on age-based inequities in wellbeing and service access, older persons’ role in agricultural production and their intergenerational impacts on the capabilities of younger generations

Current engagement in capacity building

Teaching/mentoring of MSc/PhD students