British Society of Gerontology 50th Annual Conference

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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 EventFutures 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.

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Professor of Health and Social Care Policy, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Professor Shereen Hussein is a Professor of Health and Social Care Policy at the Department of Health Services Research and Policy (HSRP) at the LSHTM. She is a Co-Director of the PRUComm policy research unit. She is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Kent and King’s College London in the UK and the University of Southern Queensland in Australia.

Shereen is a demographer with expertise in labour-migration, sociology and economics. Her primary research revolves around ageing, family dynamics, migration and long-term care. Shereen has previously worked with the United Nations, the Population Council, the World Bank, and the League of Arab States. Her current research focuses on ageing demographics, long term care demand and migration within the UK and Europe and the implications on policy and practice.

Shereen has conducted extensive research on population ageing and impact on long term care and health policy and practices in the UK, internationally and in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. She has contributed to recent United Nations’ policy response to ageing in the region through collaboration with UN-ESCWA and directly providing expert consultations to several countries in the region including Turkey, Oman and Egypt. Shereen leads many large research projects on ageing and long-term care in the UK and contributes to a large project addressing responses to dementia in developing countries STRiDE. Shereen is the founder and lead of the MENARAH network.