AGEING IN ASIA: FOCUS ON BUILDING KNOWLEDGE AND NETWORKS
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Director's Message

I write from Bangkok, where Deputy Director Peter McDonald and I are delivering keynote lectures at a CEPAR-sponsored conference focusing on the labour market, migration and ageing.  
Prior to this, I spoke at a workshop on pension policy in Delhi. From here I travel to China to meet with research collaborators at Zhejiang University to develop a work plan for a key five-year project funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

Keynote presentations, international symposia and collaborative research projects are ways in which CEPAR seeks to provide regional leadership on issues arising from ageing in Asia and develop a better understanding of how demographic change in this part of the world impacts on Australia.more
CEPAR Research: projects, people, presentations and publications
CEPAR People 

Staff Profile
Dr Bei Lu (below left) plays a key role in CEPAR's engagement with China.

Her network of relationships with Chinese government departments, provincial governments and  their agencies as well as universities has been advantageous to the development of CEPAR's collaborative research program. She
has strong ties in Zhejiang province, particularly with Zhejiang University, one of five universities involved in the key project referred to in the Director's Message above. "Interest in population ageing is high. We are currently building very productive collaborative relationships with a number of high-quality Chinese institutions focused on the issue," she says.

In the past decade she has undertaken a major career change, moving from metals trading to academia to focus on economics and pensions, and from China to Australia to complete her PhD at UNSW.
Visitor Profile
CEPAR regularly hosts visiting academics.  These visitors contribute to our collaborative research program and extend our international network. This month we welcome Matej Balco (above right) from Matej Bel University, Slovakia.  Matej nominated CEPAR as the host organisation for his six-month Australian Endeavour Research Scholarship while he works on his PhD. more


Publications
CEPAR's website has five new working papers

Recent CEPAR visitor Ermmano Pitacco writes on the design of  long-term care products while current visitor Erik Hernaes and co-author, including John Piggott, look at recent Norwegian experience to examine labour supply responses to pension reform.  

Chief Investigator Michael Sherris contributes to two papers on longevity risk in collaboration with co-authors including CEPAR Research Fellow Yang Chang.
 
Associate Investigator Heather Booth and her colleagues examine the role of demography in the association of social networks and self-rated health.

The role of meditation in decreasing neurodegenerative disease is explored in a new paper from Associate Investigator Nicholas Cherbuin and co-authors:  Luders, E., Cherbuin, N., Kurth, F. (2015). Forever Young(er): Potential Age-defying Effects of Long-term Meditation on Gray Matter Atrophy. Frontiers in Psychology, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01551.
News
Tablets trials
Trials will commence in Queensland using tablet devices to link older people living alone with family and friends. more
Employment @ CEPAR
Applications are open  until 15 March 2015  for a newly created role at CEPAR: Stakeholder Relationships Manager more
Events

Upcoming

Presentation by
Dr Laura Gitlin
Johns Hopkins University

We can do Better: Helping People with Dementia and Their Families Live at Home with Quality of Life  The University of Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences, Lidcombe  
25 March 2015 more

23rd Annual Colloquium of Superannuation Researchers
6 - 7 July 2015
Call for Papers


2015 Diary

IAGG Master Class:
Population Ageing and the Challenges of Integrating Paid Work and Family Care Work

Dublin, 22 - 26 April 2015 more

The Summer School On Longitudinal and Life Course Research
Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories, University of Bamberg
31 August - 4 September 2015 more

CESifo Conference
Pension Taxation, Population Ageing, and Globalisation
3 - 4 September 2015 more

APRU Symposium
20 - 23 September 2015
Details tbc

 



 

 

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