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Kenneth Howse

Senior Fellow

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Kenneth Howse is a Senior Fellow 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 

Research interests 

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.