Expert group meeting on measuring population ageing: bridging research and policy

Bangkok, Thailand

25 February 2019 to 26 February 2019


The Population Division the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA), and Chulalongkorn University, in collaboration with the Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), are organizing an international expert group meeting on “Measuring Population Ageing: Bridging Research and Policy”, to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 25 to 26 February 2019. The purpose of the meeting is to bring together experts to discuss key questions related to the measurement of population ageing, including discussion of traditional and new concepts and methods, and to assess their scope and limitations to support national policy design and implementation, as well as the regional and global review of progress in the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, as noted above. Experts from governmental and international organizations, from research institutions as well as civil society organizations will be invited to discuss the applicability of various measures of ageing in different contexts as well as their suitability to change the image of ageing in societies.


Organization of work


25 February 2019

8.00 - 8.45




8:45 - 9:30

Opening of the meeting

Kanokwan Tangchitnusorn and Yot Amornkitvikai, Chulalongkorn University, Masters of Ceremony.    

  • Bundhit Eua-arporn, President of Chulalongkorn University. Welcome
  • Danucha Pichayanan, Deputy Secretary-General, Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council. Welcome
  • Karoline Schmid, UNDESA, Population Division and Sabine Henning, Social Development Division, ESCAP. Welcome
  • Sergei Scherbov, IIASA. Welcome


9:30 - 11:00

Session 1. Different measures of ageing 

Chair. Karoline Schmid, DESA.

  1. Sergei Scherbov, IIASA.  New measures of population ageing. (presentation)
  2. Zhen Zhang, Fudan University. Alpha‐ages based on constant vs. varying characteristics (presentation) 
  3. Ritu Sadana, WHO. Additional measurement concepts of ageing. (presentation) 

Discussion (30 minutes)


11:30 - 13:00

Session 2. Ageing in the global development agenda

Chair: Sabine Henning, ESCAP

  1.  Amal Abou Rafeh, Division for Inclusive Social Development, UNDESA.  Conceptual considerations for measuring ageing in the context of MIPAA and Agenda 2030. (presentation)   
  2. Storey Angele, Office of National Statistics, United Kingdom. The Titchfield City Group on Ageing. (presentation)
  3. Patricia Conboy, HelpAge International. Leaving no one behind – Measurement Issues. (presentation)
  4. Keisuke Nakashima, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies. (presentation)


Discussion (30 minutes)


11:30 - 13:00

Session 3. Using different measures of ageing: Country case studies 

Chair: Sergei Scherbov, IIASA     

  1. Vipan Prachuabmoh, College of Population Studies, Chulalongkorn University.  Ageing in Thailand. (presentation)
  2. Bernd Marin, European Bureau for Policy Consulting and Social Research. Dynamically adjusted pension age. Coping with age inflation by lifetime indexing in selected Scandinavian and continental EU countries. (presentation)
  3. Tengku Aizan Hamid, Universiti Putra. Ageing in Malaysia. (presentation)
  4. Silvia Elena Giorguli Saucedo, El Colegio de México. Ageing in Latin America: heterogeneous timings and implications. (presentation)

Discussion (30 minutes)


15:45 - 17:15

Session 4. Ageing and the media 

Moderator: Bernd Marin, European Bureau for Policy Consulting and Social Research

Panel discussion:


26 February 2019


15:45 - 17:15

Welcome by Chula

Session 5. Case studies: SDG3 – Good health and well‐being  

Chair: Sorapop Kiatpongsan, College of Population Studies, Chulalongkorn University

  1. Karl Peltzer, Ton Duc Thang University and North‐West University. Rural‐urban health disparities among older adults in South Africa. (presentation)
  2. Carol Jagger, Newcastle University. Health and dependency. (presentation)
  3. Shereen Hussein, University of Kent. Older people’s health and care needs in the Middle East: policy and practice perspectives within changing population. (presentation) 

Discussion (30 minutes)


11:00 - 12:30

Session 6. Case studies: SDG8 – Decent work and economic growth  

Chair: Sandrine A. Koissy‐Kpein, DESA 

  1. Jesus Crespo Cuaresma, Vienna University of Economics and Business and IIASA. Ageing and economic growth: measures, effects and policies. (presentation)
  2. Naohiro Ogawa, University of Tokyo. Untapped work capacity among old persons and their potential contributions to the "Silver Dividend" in Japan. (presentation)
  3. Andrew Scott, London Business School. Myths of an ageing society. (presentation)
  4. Alexia Fürnkranz‐Prskawetz, Vienna Institute of Demography and IIASA. Quantifying economic dependency. (presentation)

Discussion (30 minutes)


13:30 - 15:00

Session 7: Case studies: SDG1: Reduce poverty and increase social protection for older persons  

Chair: Wiraporn Pothisiri, College of Population Studies, Chulalongkorn University

  1. Dilitina M. Baleinabuli, Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Suva. Social protection for older persons in Fiji (presentation)
  2. Razak Gyasi, African Population Health and Research Center (APHRC). Understanding patterns and dynamics of later life poverty in urban slum settings, Kenya (presentation)
  3. Vanessa Steinmayer, UN ESCAP. Population ageing and the need for social protection in Asia and the Pacific (presentation) 
  4. Philip O’Keefe, World Bank, East Asia and Pacific Region. Expanding financial protection and care services in the developing world: Status and challenges (presentation)

Discussion (30 minutes)


15:30 - 17:00

Session 8: Recommendations – evidence‐based policies on ageing or Ageing and public policy

Moderator: Landis MacKellar, Population Council

  1. Stuart Gietel‐Basten, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. New measures of ageing and policy implications (presentation)
  2. Panel discussion:




17:00 - 17:15


Karoline Schmid, DESA-Population Division and Sergei Scherbov, IIASA