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APPRA  is the Asia-Pacific Research Network of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing.  

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 Research projects in the Asia-Pacific Region:

  • Emerging population challenges in China, particularly rapid ageing population, elderly care support, and  community living (Harper)
  • HSBC Future of Retirement study in Asia. This survey includes eight Asian countries & territories India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan,Korea, Singapore, China and Hong Kong (Harper, Leeson, Khan, Saxena)
  • Intergenerational transfers: a comparison of Asia and Europe (Harper, Leeson, Khan)
  • Independent living in Japan (Harper, Leeson)
  • Models of Social Care in Japan (Harper, Leeson)
  • Ageing in Indonesia- a longitudinal ethnographic and demographic study of population ageing in three rural Indonesian communities”, funded by the Wellcome Trust (Kreager)
  • Health and ageing in Bangladesh. Socio-demographic changes at macro and micro levels and their impact on health and ageing issues in Bangladesh (Khan)
  • Poverty and vulnerability among older people in South Asia (Khan)

Coordinator: Prof Sarah Harper


Working closely with colleagues in Asia and the Pacific, the Institute undertakes collaborative research on issues of ageing and assists in capacity building through its training and mentoring programmes.

APPRA, a regional ageing research network in Asia and the Pacific, has been established by the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing at the University of Oxford to initiate links and collaborative programmes between research institutions in Asia-Pacific region and the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing.


The APPRA network will build a bridge between Asia and the Pacific scholars and policy-makers and will provide an opportunity to promote research collaboration, and the pooling of ideas as well as sharing experiences on ageing issues from countries across the Asia-Pacific region. The network members will have the opportunity to focus on critical issues of common concern for the ageing population in the region and countries around the globe. Limited fellowship opportunities are also available for short research programmes.

The Asia-Pacific region is diverse with regard to its population, ethnicity, economy and culture. Asia bears the largest proportion of the world’s population, whose growth is projected to continue for at least another century. Its demographic characteristics and estimated progressions lend themselves to a promising outcome. Asia today stands foremost in providing low cost labour, and emerging technology producing high grade products and world class services.


As the booming market of the 21st century, Asia provides numerous opportunities to businesses, manufacturing industries, and educational and health care organizations. On the other hand, in the south of the area, Australia and New Zealand are two economically developed nations who are already experiencing various trajectories of an ageing society and are successfully managing to address many of those challenges.

APPRA also has interests in other demographic issues such as fertility transition, infant and child mortality, reproductive health and migration. Any future collaboration or joint research applications with APPRA are welcome from either institution or personal levels. Moreover, NGOs currently working or interested in Asia and the Pacific countries are encouraged to contact APPRA for future collaboration. More generally, the APPRA network welcomes everyone who has an interest in ageing research within the Asia-Pacific region.

For further information contact:  

Professor Sarah Harper