University of Southampton (SOTON)

The University of Southampton is a forward-thinking institution that aspires to change the world for the better. Through education, research, innovation and enterprise, we provide opportunities that transform the lives of our students, our community, society and the economy. With over 22,000 students, around 5,000 staff, and an annual turnover well in excess of £400m, the University of Southampton is one of the UK’s top institutions for medicine, psychology, engineering, and computer science. We combine academic excellence with an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to research, supporting a culture that engages and challenges students and staff in their pursuit of learning. As a founder member of the Russell Group of 20 major research-intensive universities of the UK, we offer a high-calibre study environment. The University of Southampton is one of the UK’s top ten research-intensive universities, receiving over £102.3M in research grants and contracts, including over £14.9M from the European Commission. During FP7 Southampton participated in 325 Projects, and was ranked 17th out of all higher education organisations for the number of FP7 participations during 2007-2012. When undertaking FP7/H2020 projects, Southampton researchers are supported by its dedicated 15 person EC Research Funding Office, which ensures effective delivery, management and reporting of project activities.

Dr. Asghar Zaidi PI is Professor of International Social Policy, University of Southampton, the UK. He is also Visiting Professor at London School of Economics; Senior Advisor at European Centre Vienna and Research Affiliate at the German Institute for Economic Research. Previously, he was Senior Economist (at OECD, Paris); Economic Adviser (UK Government’s Department for Work and Pensions) and a Research Officer (London School of Economics and University of Oxford). His recent research interests span active and healthy ageing, well-being of older people and issues linked with financial and social sustainability of public welfare systems. Within the framework of the 2012 European Year, he led the research work in the Active Ageing Index Project, and he continues this role in the second phase of the AAI project during 2014-2015. During 2013, arising out of work with HelpAge International, he helped develop the first ever index to measure the well-being of older people on a worldwide scale, called the Global AgeWatch Index. He has also been one of the international experts advising the World Health Organization’s Centre for Health Development in Kobe, Japan, in developing indicators for WHO’s network of age-friendly cities. His recent academic publications include books on ageing, pensions and health in Europe; on mainstreaming ageing; on microsimulation modelling and on the well-being of older people. Previously, he was also the vice president of the International Microsimulation Association.