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Dr Daniel Alai

PhD ETH Zurich, BMath University of Waterloo

Current appointment: Lecturer, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Sciences, University of Kent

Research interests: Longevity risk modelling, stochastic claims reserving, quantitative risk management.

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Associate Professor Ross Andel

BA Vanguard University of Southern California; PhD University of Southern California

Current appointment: School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida

Research interests: The investigation of modifiable risk factors for cognitive impairment including alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia.

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Professor Garry Barrett

B Econ University of Sydney; MA PhD University of British Columbia

Current appointment: Professor, School of Economics, University of Sydney

Research interests: Labour economics, public economics and microeconometrics.

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Professor Helen Bartlett

BA Newcastle upon Tyne; MSc PhD Bath

Current appointment: Pro Vice-Chancellor & President, Monash University, Malaysia

Research interests:  Healthy ageing; aged and community care; and policy implications of population ageing.

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Professor Hazel Bateman

B Econ University of Queensland; PhD University of New South Wales

Current appointment: Professor, School of Actuarial Studies, University of New South Wales

Research interests: Superannuation choices; individual decision making and superannuation literacy; retirement income adequacy and policy design; retirement benefits and their governance; and regulation and performance of superannuation and pension funds.

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Dr Craig Blackburn

BCom (Hons) UNSW, MAct (Hons) UNSW, MEng(R), JCU, BEng (Hons) QUT, PhD UNSW

Current appointment: Challenger

Research interests:

  • Longevity modelling
  • Risk management
  • Pricing applications

 

Professor Heather Booth

BSc London School of Economics; MSc University of Southampton; PhD London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Current appointment: Professor, School of Demography, Australian National University

Research interests: Socio-demography of ageing and longevity, and stochastic modeling and forecasting of demographic rates and populations.

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Professor Colette Browning

BSc MSc Monash University; PhD La Trobe University

Current appointments: Professor and Director, Monash Research for an Ageing Society; Director, Primary Care Research, School of Primary Health Care, Monash University

Research interests: Healthy ageing and improving quality of life for older people, chronic disease self-management and consumer involvement in health care decision-making.

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Dr Richard Burns

BMus (ANU); BA (CSU); PGDE (UC); MSc (Manchester); PhD (USQ)

Current appointment: Research Fellow

Location: Australian National University

Research interests:

  • Mental Health
  • Geriatrics And Gerontology
  • Developmental Psychology And Ageing
  • Educational Psychology
  • Industrial And Organisational Psychology

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Professor Monika Buetler

Dip Math and Phys University of Zurich; Licentiate in Economics PhD University of St Gallen

Current appointment: Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Department of Economics, University of St Gallen

Research interests:  Macroeconomics, public finance, and political economics.

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Associate Professor Peter Butterworth

BA (Hons) University of Queensland; PhD University of Queensland

Current appointment: Professorial Fellow, Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne

Research interests: Epidemiology, Health Promotion, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety, Mental Health, Developmental Psychology and Ageing, Social Policy, Demography.

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Professor Julie Byles

B Med PhD University of Newcastle

Current appointments: Professor and Director, Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing, University of Newcastle

Research interests: Role of health services and preventive activities, and treatments in maintaining quality of life for older people, and in determining physical, psychological and social factors associated with optimal physical and mental health of men and women as they age.

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Professor Ester Cerin

MSc (Statistics) The University of Queensalnd; MPhil PhD (Psychology) The Nottingham Trent University; BSc Hons (Psychology) The University of Rijeka

Current appointment: Professor, Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University

Research interests: broad environmental determinants of healthy ageing with a focus on physical activity, dietary behaviour and physical and cognitive functioning.

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Dr Nicolas Cherbuin

BA(Hons) University of New South Wales/Australian National University; PhD Australian National University

Current appointment: NHMRC Research Fellow, Centre for Mental Health Research, Australian National University

Research interests: The investigation of genetic, environmental, health, lifestyle, and personality factors which influence brain structure and plasticity throughout the lifespan particularly in ageing populations. Also, how cerebral structure and changes in structure relate to cognition and degenerative diseases.

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Dr Dimitris Christelis

Ph.D in Economics, University of Pennsylvania, M.A. in Economics, University of Pennsylvania, B.A. in Economics, Athens School of Economics and Business

Current appointment: Research Fellow, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance, University of Naples

Research interests: Household saving and portfolio choice, microeconometrics, statistical analysis and imputation of missing data in micro data surveys, health economics.

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Professor Lindy Clemson

Dip (OT) NSW College of Occupational Therapy; B App Sc (OT), West Australian Institute of Technology; MApp Sc (OT) PhD University of Sydney

Current appointments: Associate Professor in Ageing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney; Head of Discipline (Occupational Therapy), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney; Team leader, Participation Safety & Ageing Research team, Ageing, Work & Health Research Unit

Research interests:  Ageing, adaptation and independence; falls prevention of older people; development and validation of assessments of environment, functional performance and daily life activity; physical home environment, person-environment fit; enabling participation: personal, social and community engagement; home and community safety; translation of research into practice; multi-methodology research - quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Her recent publication, informed by a world-first study, the Lifestyle-integrated Functional Exercise (LiFE) program to prevent falls: participant's manual incorporates balance and strength training into everyday activities and daily routines, is available from Sydney University Press.

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Associate Professor Loretti Isabella Dobrescu

PhD, University of Padua, Italy; MSc in Economic Mathematics, West University of Timisoara, Romania; BA in Economics, Nottingham Trent University, UK; BA in Finance, West University of Timisoara, Romania

Current appointment: Lecturer, School of Economics, University of New South Wales

Research interests: Microeconometrics, Economics of Ageing, Health Economics, Mathematics.

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Professor Denzil Fiebig

Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA); PhD, University of Southern California; Master of Commerce (Hons), UNSW; Bachelor of Commerce (Hons), UNSW

Current appointment: Professor, School of Economics, UNSW

Research interests: Econometrics and heath economics.

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Dr Joelle HY Fong

PhD Applied Economics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
MSc Applied Finance, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University 

Current appointment: Senior Lecturer

Location: SIM University, Singapore

Research interests: Economics of pensions and retirement, Private and public insurance, Annuities, Risk management of morbidity and longevity, Long-term care.

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Dr Cathy H. Gong

BS Economics, Renmin University China; MS Public Policy, GRIPS Japan; PhD Economics, ANU

Current appointment: Research Fellow, ANU

Research interests:

  • Income inequality and income mobility
  • Labor market and its impact on lifetime wellbeing
  • Life course wellbeing and transition
  • Microsimulation modelling

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Professor Bob Gregory

PhD London School of Economics, B Commerce, University of Melbourne

Current appointment: Professor Emeritus, ANU

Research interests: Economics, Macroeconomic Theory, Macroeconomics (Incl. Monetary And Fiscal Theory).

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Professor Erik Hernæs

Cand. Oecon in Economics, University of Oslo

Current appointment: Director, Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economics Research, University of Oslo

Research interests: Educational forecasting; education and earnings; unemployment; and the economics of retirement.

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Dr Vasant Hirani

BSc. (Leeds), MSc. (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), PhD (University College London)

Current Appointment: Senior Lecturer, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney

Research Interests: Primary research interests are focused on vitamin D epidemiology and the impact of vitamin D status on healthy ageing. Other research interests are in the field of population health and nutrition, including obesity, chronic disease, anthropometry such as demi-span, and mental health.

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Associate Professor Rafat Hussain

MBBS Karachi, MPH North Carolina, PhD ANU

Current appointment: Associate Professor, ANU Medical School and Research School of Public Health

Research interests:Epidemiology & Population Health

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Dr Fedor Iskhakov

BMath Econ CandSc Econ St Petersburg State University; MSc PhD University of Oslo

Current appointment: Senior Lecturer, Research School of Economics, Australian National University

Research interests: Labour, health and public economics. He has extensive experience in applied microeconometric modeling, and especially in structural dynamic modeling and numerical dynamic programming.

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Professor Tamara Jacka

BA (Asian Studies) Hons, ANU; PhD, University of Adelaide

Current appointment: Senior Fellow, Department of Political and Social Change, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University

Research interests: Gender relations and social change in contemporary China; rural-urban migration in China; the women's movement, NGOs and civil society in China; gender and development; family conflict and women's well-being; and women's political participation in rural China.

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Dr Kim Kiely

BLibStudies (Hons) Syd, PhD Australian National University

Current appointment: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, CRAHW, ANU

Research interests: Cognitive ageing and cognitive epidemiology, lifespan developmental psychology, age-related sensory loss, processes of healthy and optimal ageing, longevity, longitudinal research methods.

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Dr Cagri Kumru

BA Dokuz Eylul; PhD Pittsburgh

Current appointment: Lecturer, ANU College of Business and Economics

Research interests: Overlapping generations modeling; and tax and pension design.

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Dr Vanessa Loh

PhD in Psychology, BLibStudies (Int) (Hons), University of Sydney

Current appointment: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Sydney

Research interests:

  • Psychosocial, individual and environmental predictors of healthy ageing
  • Ageing and productivity in the workforce
  • Predictors and outcomes of work and retirement patterns in older adults

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Associate Professor Elisabetta Magnani

Laurea Economics and Statistics University of Bologna; MEcon Yale University; Doctorate in Political Economy University of Bologna; PhD Yale University

Current appointment: Professor, Head of Department of Economics, Macquarie University

Research interests: Technological change, effects on employment, wages and employment arrangements; demographic and institutional changes, effects on labour markets; technological change, demographics and the environment; and sustainability, behavioural and institutional constraints.

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Dr Simen Markussen

Master in Economics, UiO 2006, Ph.D. 2010

Current appointment: Senior Research Fellow, Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research, Oslo, Norway

Research interests: Labor economics and health, evaluation of labor market policies, social insurance programs, pensions. 

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Dr Shiko Maruyama
PhD Economics, Northwestern University

Current appointment: Senior Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney

Research interests:  Empirical applied microeconomics, industrial organization, health economics, applied microeconometrics.

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Dr Ramona Meyricke

Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia; PhD University of Cambridge

Current appointment: Suncorp

Research interests:

  • Quantitative risk management
  • Private and public insurance
  • Economic and financial stability
  • Asset pricing implications of ageing
Professor Annamaria Olivieri

B.Business Economics, University of Parma, Degree in Actuarial Science and Statistics, University of Florence, PhD in Mathematics for Financial Markets, University of Brescia

Current appointment: Professor of Mathematical Methods for Economics, Actuarial Science and Finance, Department of Economics, University of Parma

Research interests:  Valuation of the life insurance business, risk management for life insurance and pension funds, solvency for life portfolios and pension funds, actuarial perspectives of annuitisation and post-retirement choices in pension products.  

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Associate Professor Kathleen O'Loughlin

BA Macquarie University; PhD University of Sydney

Current appointment: Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney

Research interests: Ageing with a focus on behaviours and exposures across the life course and the effect of these on health outcomes in later life; occupational health, specifically the injury and rehabilitation of mature aged workers; and workplace practice issues related to health care professionals

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Associate Professor Rachel Ong

BEcon (Hons) and Doctor of Philosophy Economics, Murdoch University

Current appointment: Associate Professor in Economcis and Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Applied Economics, Curtin University.

Research interests: Housing and labour economics.

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Professor Ermanno Pitacco

B.Business Economics, University of Trieste, Degree in Actuarial Science and Statistics, University of Rome

Current appointment: Professor of Actuarial Mathematics, University of Trieste, Italy

Research interests:  Multistate models for the insurances of the person, valuation of the life insurance business, models for the longevity risk, solvency for life portfolios and pension funds.

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Professor Pradeep Ray

PhD Information Technology, UTS, Sydney; MTech Electronics Engineering, IIT, Kanpur, India; BTech Electronics Engineering, BHU-IT, India

Current appointment: Honorary Professor, UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine   

Research interests: E Health techniques and their applications in both home based and residential aged care settings.

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Dr Kerry Sargent-Cox

PhD Australian National University, BAppPsych (Hons) University of Canberra

Research interests:

  • Psychosocial predictors of positive and healthy ageing
  • Cross-national comparison studies examining differences between countries in retirement expectations, health and psychosocial health outcomes in older adults
  • Biopsychosocial factors related to longitudinal change in self-rated health and their predictive quality for major health outcomes and mortality in older adults
  • Influence of ageing stereotypes and expectations on older adults' daily activities, performance, and health behaviours

 

Professor Elizabeth Savage

BSc Arch University of Sydney; MSc Econ London School of Economics

Current appointment: Professor in Health Economics, Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation, University of Technology, Sydney; Head of Economics Discipline Group, Economics; Core Member, Centre for the Study of Choice

Research interests: Private health insurance and health sector use; risk and risk selection; health system performance; behavioural modelling, welfare measurement and policy evaluation; payment mechanisms for health care providers; screening programs and access to health; and obesity.

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Dr Renuka Sane

Ph.D. Economics, University of New South Wales, Australia

Current appointment: Research Economist, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai

Research interests: Household nance; pensions; micro- nance; rm nancing; public policy.

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Dr Adam Wenqiang Shao

PhD in Actuarial Studies, UNSW; MEc in Actuarial Science, Central University of Finance and Economics; BEc in Finance, Beijing International Studies University

Current Appointment: Senior Quantitative Analyst at Mine Wealth + Wellbeing Superannuation Fund

Research interests:

  • Equity release products and long-term care insurance
  • Idiosyncratic house price risk
  • Longevity risk 
  • Solvency capital requirements
Professor Martin J. Sliwinski

PhD Neuropsychology, University of New York; BA Interdisciplinary Studies, Georgetown University

Current appointments: Director, Center for Healthy Aging; Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State University

Research interests: How aging, health and disease can influence a person's ability to memorize, reason and concentrate. Specifically interested in linking micro-level processes (e.g., daily stress, affect, rumination) to long-term changes in mental, physical and cognitive health.

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Dr Olena Stavrunova

PhD (Econ), University of Iowa, MA (Econ), BA (Bus. Admin)

Current appointment: Senior Lecturer, Economic Discipline Group, UTS

Research interests: Bayesian econometrics, health economics, labour economics

Professor Noriyuki Takayama

MA PhD University of Tokyo

Current appointment: Professor of Economics, Institute of Economics Research, Hitotsubashi University

Research interests: Applied economics and microdata analysis.

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Dr Chung Tran

BA Hanoi National University; MA Hague Inst of Social Studies & Hanoi National University; PhD Indiana University

Current appointment: Lecturer, ANU College of Business and Economics

Location: Australian National University

Research interests: Macroeconomics; public economics; and development and health.

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Dr Iwu Utomo

BA Psych University of Indonesia, Jakarta MSc Demography Florida State University, Florida PhD ANU

Current appointment: School of Demography, Australian National University

Research interests: transition to adulthood, reproductive health, gender, sexual health, marriage formation and gender issues in Indonesia, East Timor and PNG.

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Dr Andrés Villegas

PhD Actuarial Science, Cass Business School, City University London; MSc Industrial Engineering, University of Los Andes; BSc Mathematical Engineering, Eafit University

Current appointment: Lecturer, School of Risk and Actuarial Studies, UNSW

Research interests:

  • Mortality modelling
  • Longevity risk management
  • Pension fund design
  • Financial and actuarial applications of optimisation technique
Professor Peter Whiteford

BA University of Queensland; BLetters Australian National University; PhD University of York

Current appointment: Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU

Research interests: Child poverty; family policy; international comparisons of income inequality and poverty; comparative social policy and the welfare state; reconciliation of work and family life; lone parenthood and joblessness among families with children; social policy and the life course; social assistance policies; pension policies; social policy and income disparities in China; Australian social policy, especially social security policy.

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Edward Whitehouse

MA Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Oxford

Research interests: 

  • Pensions
  • Intergenerational Solidarity
Dr Tim Windsor

BA PhD University of New England

Current appointment: School of Psychology, Flinders University

Research interests:  Social cognitive development throughout the life course; relationships between substance use and health; driving cessation among older adults; and casual attribution theory.

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Dr Mingxu Yang

PhD. Demography, Zhejiang University, M. Econ, Xiamen University, B. Econ, Nanjing Normal University

Current appointment: Lecturer, Department of Labour and Social Security, South China Agriculture University

Research interests: Population projection modelling, simulations for pensions and long-term care, health economics

Professor Zhongwei Zhao

BA (Peking), MA (Exeter), PhD (Cambridge)

Current appointment: School of Demography, Australian National University

Research interests: Environmental impacts on population health and mortality, historical demography, mortality and fertility transition in East Asia and changes in families and household networks.

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Dr Rong Zhu

PhD Economics University of New South Wales

Current appointment: National Institute of Labour Studies, Flinders University

Research interests:  Labour economics, education, health economics and applied econometrics.

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Dr Jonathan Ziveyi

PhD UTS, BSc (Hons) National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe

Current appointment: Senior Lecturer, School of Risk and Actuarial Studies, UNSW

Research interests: Longevity risk management, valuation of guarantees embedded in variable annuities, option pricing under stochastic volatility and modelling of high frequency financial markets data

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