Social and economic challenges of ageing societies

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Workshop on the social and economic challenges of ageing societies: China and the UK

On behalf of the ESRC and RCUK (China) the NDA Programme organised a highly successful workshop in Beijing, in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The main aim of this first RCUK event in China was to explore the potential for joint research between the 20 or so senior social scientists representing the two countries. Over the course of two days there were paired presentations on the key research topics with regard to ageing societies followed by comparative discussions and exchanges concerning definitions, methods and data.

Workshop on the social and economic challenges of ageing societies: China and the UKThis workshop will be followed by a second one in London, in the spring 2009, which will involve a wider range of UK scientists and, also, policy makers.

Goals of the workshop

The 11 titles include:

Programme

October 22nd (Wednesday)

9.00 am Registration and Tea/Coffee

9.30 am Welcome Yang Yang (Director-General, International Cooperation Bureau, CASS)

9.55 am Introductions to Day 1 and Workshop Goals * Zhang Juwei, CASS * Alan Walker, ESRC

10.10 am Demographic Context: Structure and Trends and Family Relations Presentations on the structure of the populations and ageing and other demographic trends in the two countries, including relevant changes in family structure; current major research on this topic and knowledge gaps.

Questions and discussion (20 mins)

11.10 am Break

11.25 am Urbanisation and Migration Presentations on the relationships between urbanisation, migration and ageing, including transnational families: current status and future trends, major research underway and knowledge gaps.

Questions and Discussion (20 mins)

12.25 pm Lunch (buffet)

2.00 pm Gender and Ageing Presentations on the main issues concerning gender and ageing in the two countries: key research topics and questions, state of knowledge, major research underway and knowledge gaps.

Questions and Discussion (20 mins)

3.00 pm The Labour Market and Older Workers Presentations on workforce ageing and the participation of older workers, current status and future trends, major research in progress and knowledge gaps

Questions and Discussion (20 mins)

4.00 pm Break

4.15 pm Societal Participation in Later Life Presentations on the nature and extent of social and political participation: state-of-the-art, major current research and knowledge gaps.

Questions and Discussion (20 mins)

5.15 pm Living Standards and Pensions Presentations on the socio-economic status of the two populations (relative poverty levels and inequalities within and between age groups and regions in China, recent and future trends pension coverage, current major research and knowledge gaps

Questions and Discussion (20 mins)

6.15 pm Close

7.30 pm Dinner

October 23rd (Thursday)

8.40 am Tea/Coffee

9.00 am Introduction to Day 2

9.15 am Health and Health Services Presentations on trends in the health status of the older population and use of health services, current major research on this topic and knowledge gaps

Questions and Discussion (20 mins)

10.15 am Ageing and Disability Presentations on current research knowledge concerning the disabled older population, especially those with lifelong disabilities, current major research on this topic and knowledge gaps.

Questions and Discussion (20 mins)

11.15 am Break

11.25 am Social Care Presentations on the state-of-the-art in the two countries with regard to social care and ageing: knowledge base, current major research and knowledge gaps.

Questions and Discussion (20 mins)

12.25 pm Lunch (buffet)

2.00 pm Comparative Research on Longitudinal Data Sets: CHARLS and ELSA Joint presentation in the potential for comparative research of the Chinese Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study and the English Longitudinal Survey of Ageing (30 mins).

Questions and Discussion (20 mins)

2.50 pm Policy Priorities in China

3.50 pm Close of Workshop Break

4.10 pm Planning the London Workshop

5.10 pm End

These links are of related interest:

Inclusion of international Co-Is

Summer schools call

The second Hong Kong bilateral call

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