European Sociological Association: Ageing in Europe


In January 2021, Professor Shereen Hussein gave a keynote speech on global ageing with a focus on the experience of countries in the Middle East and North Africa region as part of the European Sociological Association’s Research Network on Ageing in Europe (RN01) Midterm conference. The conference, held online, is jointly organised by Ageing in Europe research network (RN01) and the Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care (CoE AgeCare) focused on Places, Spaces and Cultures of Ageing. 

Professor Hussein highlighted the fast population ageing process occurring in the region and discussed implications on various actors especially older people and their informal carers. She started her keynote by discussing the notion, meaning and measures of ageing and how this ageing is manifested at the individual and population level. She highlighted the importance of the social and health experience of individuals across the life course in relation to the diversity of perspectives and experiences of ageing. She then presented a brief overview of the experience of countries with old and recent experiences of population ageing emphasising cross-learning opportunities from tried and innovative thinking around ageing and long-term care.

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

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 its 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.