The BSG celebrates this year its 50th Annual Conference 7-9 July 2021. Professor Shereen Hussein was invited to give a keynote speech at the Emerging Researchers in Ageing (ERA) Pre-Conference Event‘Futures of gerontology, future gerontologists: Building leadership and research capacity for BSG 2046?’ on the 6th July 2021. In her keynote speech, Professor Hussein spoke of the emergent opportunities and challenges for British gerontologists within a global context. She presented a case of a dynamical context for gerontology research were ageing, migration, mobility and socio-economic factors interact to produce a diverse spectrum of experiences, aspirations and needs for individuals and societies.
Her talk shed light on global differences in the political, policy and practice responses to population ageing and implications on the wellbeing of older people. There is a great need for gerontologists to examine concepts and definitions of ageing, including ageism and healthy ageing, with diverse and multi-disciplinary approaches to capture the nuances and inequalities embedded within individuals and societal norms and expectations. A framework of social sustainability, including sustainable ageing, would help shape future gerontological research. Such a framework should embrace multi-directional learning from low- and middle-income countries to high-income countries and vice versa. This is particularly useful in shaping care structures and the increasing importance of social capital and care communities.SHussein-BSG