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Kenneth Howse is Deputy Director at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing where his research interests cover health and health policy with a strong interest in the ethical and normative dimension of the policy implications of demographic ageing. He also has an interest in ageing in South and South-east Asia including the role of Older People’s Associations, the impact of population ageing on food production, and the provision of community health care. Kenneth is is Co-PI on the DAI@Oxford Programme with responsibility for elucidating the demand for good design as we age.
Recent professional committments
- Collaboration with the Centre for Healthy Ageing at the University of Copenhagen
- Member of the EU/UNECE Expert Advisory Group on Index Development for Active Ageing
- University collaboration in Innolife, a European project to develop and facilitate collaboration between universities and industry on healthy ageing.
- Key investigator on The Oxford Programme on Fertility, Education and the Environment.
- Editor, Population Horizons
Kenneth’s background in applied ethics is reflected in a continuing interest in the ethical and normative dimensions of policy-making in this area, including problems of intergenerational fairness.
He also has a strong interest in ageing in Asia. In 2014 he completed an evaluation study for the Beveridge Foundation of home care services in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 2015-16 he led a multi-country study of Older People’s Associations in SE Asia: China, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Cambodia. In 2017 he did fieldwork for a project on the ageing farm workforce in Myanmar. The Myanmar study was subsequently followed up with work on ageing farm population in Vietnam.
In 2017-18 he was lead author on a comparative study of ageing in the Commonwealth countries.
As a member of the Oxford Programme on Fertility, Education and the Environment, he has also worked on fertility issues, with a review of Impact Estimation Tools for the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
Most recently he completed a report for the Industrial Strategy Fund to inform development of a revised approach to the Challenge Fund for Healthy Ageing.
Howse is currently one of the members of the Institute’s research team working for the Design Age Institute, a new national initiative aimed at focusing design expertise on the needs of the UK’s ageing population.
Links to publicly accessible reports; academic publications available on request.
- DEVELOPING THE INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY CHALLENGE FUND HEALTHY AGEING (ISCFHA): a technologically enabled ecosystem for healthy ageing.
- Conceptualising and operationalising resilience in older adults
- Psychosocial aspects of successful ageing and resilience: critique, integration and implications.
- The Ageing of Myanmar’s Farmer Population
- Building Evidence for Active Ageing Policies: Active Ageing Index and its Potential
- Executive Summary Older People’s Associations in East and Southeast Asia: A Four Country Study
- Healthy ageing, resilience and wellbeing
- The Policy Discourse of Active Ageing: Some Reflections
- Contraceptive methods used by younger women: Sub-Saharan Africa
- Contraceptive methods used by younger women: South Asia
- Contraceptive methods used by younger women: Arab World
- Contraceptive methods used by younger women: Latin America and Caribbean
- What is fertility stalling and why does it matter?
- Unmet Need for Family Planning
- Violence Against Women and Reproductive Health
- Fertility Stalls and Sub-Saharan Africa
- Infant Mortality and Fertility
- Girls Leaving School Prematurely
- International Handbook on Ageing and Public Policy
- Female Education
- Adolescent Fertility and Child Marriage
- Fertility and Population Growth
- Healthy ageing: the role of health care services
- Health inequalities and social justice
- Socio-geographic variations in mortality in a large retired UK population
- Understanding Longevity
- Redefining Retirement in the Light of Increasing Retirement
- Review of Longevity Trends in the United Kingdom to 2025 and Beyond
- Ageing Horizons Brief: Ageing emerging economies in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
- An Upper Limit to Human Longevity?
- Ageing Horizons Issue 8, 2008: The promise of lifelong learning
- Ageing Horizons Brief: Ageing workforces
- 607: Health and social care for older people in the UK: a snapshot view
- Ageing Horizons Issue 7, 2007: Fertility decline
- Ageing Horizons Brief: Fertility decline: trends, drivers and differences
- Ageing Horizons Issue 6, 2007: Long-term care and ageing populations
- Ageing Horizons Brief: Long-term care for older people
- 107: Updating the debate on intergenerational fairness in pension reform
- Ageing Horizons Issue 5, 2006: Ageing workforces
- 206: Increasing Life Expectancy and the Compression of Morbidity: A critical review of the Debate
- Ageing Horizons Issue 4, 2006: Globalisation and global ageing
- Ageing Horizons Issue 3, 2005: Biodemography and longevity
- Ageing Horizons Issue 2, 2005: Health policy