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NAME is the 'North Africa and Middle East Research Network' of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing.

Research Projects in North Africa and Middle East:

The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing is keen to develop research programmes in the region as well offer training and capacity building opportunities to colleagues in the region.

Coordinator: Dr George Leeson

About NAME

Working closely with colleagues throughout the region, the Institute aims to develop collaborative research on issues of ageing to provide training and capacity building through its training and mentoring programmes.

In recent years, gerontological research has become very popular in the context of growing awareness of population ageing and the resulting changes of social structures and institutions (family, welfare state, etc.). Although population ageing is not always seen as a key priority in the region, the demographic trends of the 1990s and the first 2 decades of the 21st century suggest a relatively dramatic demographic ageing in North Africa and the Middle East in coming decades. Many, if not all, societies are ill-prepared for yet another dramatic societal transition.

However, the speed of ageing processes and institutional adjustment to these changes as well as social conditions faced by older people vary widely across the region and within individual societies (in rural vs. urban areas, for example).


NAME aims to bring together academics (and policy makers) from the region with a research interest in population ageing. Research on population ageing in the region, particularly research looking into the social implications of an ageing population, is still quite a young discipline. As a consequence, there are few academics involved in this kind of research.

NAME aims to help both more senior scholars and emerging researchers to make contact with each other, to learn about research on population ageing, to share their own research with colleagues from across the region, and to develop cross-national research projects.

The NAME network welcomes academics and policy makers and practitioners from across the region working with population ageing. For more information on the network please feel free to contact:

Dr George Leeson

Membership information


To become a member of the NAME research network please send an email to Nana Nanitashvili who will then add your email address to the NAME mailing list. Membership in NAME is free. The mailing list is used to inform members of news on ageing issues, such as conferences/workshops, publications, statistics, funding opportunities, scholarships, updates of the NAME website, as well as specific NAME activities. Furthermore, a feature of NAME is a ‘research directory’ where NAME members provide information about their research interests and methodological skills, which could be used by other researchers looking for partners in joint research projects.

If you would like to add your profile as well please fill in the NAME Membership Form