Professor Sarah Harper

Sarah is the director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford. She currently serves on the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, which advises the prime minister on the scientific evidence for strategic policies and frameworks; the UK Government Office of Science Advisory Boards for the Demography Review; and chairs the Demography and Ageing Review. Sarah is on the Scientific Advisory Board of Natural England. She worked with the Office of the Prime Minister and Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) on the Government Ageing Strategy, and with the Department of Children, Schools and Families, developing their Horizons Programme. She currently chairs the UK government Foresight Review on Ageing Societies and chaired the HSBC Global Ageing Forum. Sarah is a governor of the Pensions Policy Institute, a director of the Pension Foundation Club Vita, and a former trustee of Third Age Employment Network. 

Internationally, Sarah served as adviser to the Malaysian government, adviser to the Singapore government’s Third Age Council and as a specialist adviser for the European Commission Demographic Change Programme. She served as an international adviser to the Swedish Academy, European adviser to the MacArthur Foundation, adviser on ageing issues to the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, and was global adviser on ageing issues for HSBC plc. She represents the UK on the European Science Academies’ Demographic Change in Europe Panel, serves on the Council of Advisers of Population Europe and on the Advisory Board of the World Demographic Association. She served on the Royal Society’s Working Group on Population, the Wellcome Trust Health Consequences of Population Change Panel and on the World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council on Ageing Societies.

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