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Plenary Speakers

It gives us great pleasure to announce our internationally renowned keynote plenary speakers for the annual conference, Professors Armando Barrientos, Suzanne Iwarrson, Peter Lloyd Sherlock, Francie Lund and James Nazroo, all of whom provide global leadership and calls to action in thinking about the challenge and promise of an ageing world. We especially welcome to Britain to our international speakers, Professor Francie Lund from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa, and Professor Suzanne Iwarsson from Lund University in Sweden. All of our speakers will address the conference theme, ‘Ageing in an Unequal World Shaping Environments for the 21st Century’.

Professor Armando Barrientos

Armando Barrientos is Professor of Poverty and Social Justice at the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester in the UK. His research focuses on the linkages existing between welfare programmes and labour markets in developing countries, and on policies addressing poverty and population ageing. His most recent books are ‘Social Protection for the Poor and Poorest’ (2008, edited with D. Hulme, Palgrave); ‘Just Give Money to the Poor’ (2010, with J. Hanlon and D. Hulme, Kumarian Press); ‘Demographics, Employment and Old Age Security: Emerging Trends and Challenges in South Asia’ (2010, edited with Moneer Alam, MacMillan), and ‘Social Assistance in Developing Countries’ (2013, Cambridge University Press).

Professor Susanne Iwarsson

Susanne Iwarsson is Professor in Gerontology at the Faculty of Medicine, Lund University, Sweden. She has a PhD in medical science (1997) and is Doctor Honoris Causa at Riga Stradins University, Latvia. She is a registered occupational therapist experienced in geriatrics and primary care. Her Active and Healthy Ageing research group is concentrating on environmental gerontology integrated with health sciences and neuroscience, studying the ageing individual’s and population’s opportunities for activity and participation in society. Her interdisciplinary publication profile comprises 200 scientific original publications and many other scholarly contributions. She been the main or co-supervisor of 19 completed PhD degrees and six licentiates, in Sweden and abroad, and has PhD students ongoing. She is the Director of the Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments (CASE), Coordinator of the Swedish National Graduate School for Competitive Science on Ageing and Health (SWEAH), and President of the Swedish Gerontological Society (SGS).

Professor Peter Lloyd-Sherlock

Peter Lloyd-Sherlock is Professor of Social Policy and International Development at the University of East Anglia. Previously, he held posts at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Glasgow. Peter’s main interests relate to older people in low and middle-income countries, with a particular focus on policy and interventions. His early research was on pensions and the livelihoods of older people in Latin America. His interests have since expanded, thematically and geographically, to include health and social care in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently leading an ESRC project on interventions to enhance the health of older people in Ghana and South Africa.

Professor Francie Lund

Francie Lund is a Senior Research Associate specialising in social policy. She is the director of the Social Protection Programme of the global research and advocacy network, WIEGO - Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing. Trained as a sociologist and social worker, she practised as a grassroots organiser in the fields of early childhood development, and in urban infrastructure, with a special interest in participatory research methods as an organising tool. A longstanding research interest has been the impact of South Africa’s pensions and grants in mitigating poverty and redressing inequality. This led to her involvement in a range of policy interventions, including chairing the Lund Committee on Child and Family Support, in 1995, that led to the introduction of the Child Support Grant. She has been involved in the global debates around cash transfers, such as the Child Support Grant, as a form of intervention in addressing poverty and inequality. She is engaged locally and globally in research and policy advocacy around informal workers, especially regarding local government intervention, and around the provision of social security, and occupational health and safety. An emerging research interest is in occupational health and safety for informal workers. She is a Research Associate at the Brooks World Poverty Institute, University of Manchester.

Professor James Nazroo

James Nazroo is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester and co-Director of the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing. He initially trained at St. George’s Hospital Medical School and then studied at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College for a MSc in Sociology of Health and Illness, and at UCL for a PhD in Sociology.

Issues of inequality, social justice and underlying processes of stratification have been the primary focus of his research activities, which have centred on ethnicity, ageing, and the interrelationships between these. His research on ageing has been concerned to understand the patterns and determinants of social and health inequalities in ageing populations, with a particular interest on the ‘transmission’ of inequalities across the life course and how class operates post-retirement. He is PI of the fRaill programme, an interdisciplinary study of inequalities in later life, and co-PI of the English Longitudinal Study of Aging.