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Conversations on Ageing Network (CAN)

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The Conversations on Ageing Network consists of researchers, policymakers, third sector organisations such as charities, and other businesses and services from UK and India working together to promote healthy ageing.

2021-2030 has been declared the decade of healthy ageing by the World Health Organisation. Lower-Middle Income Countries like India are charged with the urgent task of responding to the shift from a younger to an older age structure.

This network brings together different sectors, and partners in the field of promoting healthy ageing, as well as older adults to share experience and expertise, and collaborate on working towards improving the health and wellbeing of older people.

Meet the team

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Divya Sivaramakrishnan | Chancellor’s Fellow, Scottish Collaboration for Public Health research and Policy, Department of Nursing, School of Health in Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh.

Divya is a mixed methods researcher with experience in intervention development and evaluation. Her research interests are healthy ageing, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and public health. She is also a yoga teacher.

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Image of woman.Lekha Subaiya | Associate Professor and Head, Population Research Centre, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.

Lekha is a social demographer and has experience in teaching and conducting research on issues related to population ageing, gender relations and public health. Her research interests are family and intergenerational dynamics, gender and research methods.

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T.S. Syamala | Professor, Population Research Centre, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru.

Trained in Anthropology and Population Sciences, Syamala holds over two decades of experience in research and teaching. Her primary research interests are in population ageing, reproductive and child health with specific concerns about infertility in India, menopausal transition and public health issues.

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B.P. Vani | Associate Professor, Centre for Economic Studies and Policy(CESP), Institute for Social and Economic Change.

Vani is a statistician and has extensive experience handling large data sets. Vani is currently working on issues related to multidimensional poverty, well-being and Human Development indicators. Vani has accumulated many years of field knowledge on the living standard of farmers in Karnataka. Her research interests include issues related to credit, poverty and income distribution.

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Louise Baldwin | Faculty of Health, School of Public Health & Social Work, Queensland University of Technology.

An innovative leader in health promotion, social impact and system change in Australia and globally, Louise brings a wealth of high-level strategic planning, management, evaluation, and evidence-based approaches to any role. She has over two decades of leadership, practice and research experience at the local, state, national and global levels with a focus on chronic disease prevention, healthy communities and building workforce strength for health promotion action.

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Jeremy Hilton | School of Defence and Security, Cranfield University.

Jeremy Hilton is a Senior Lecturer in Complex Systems at Cranfield University where he designed and teaches on the Systems Thinking Practice Apprenticeship Programme. He is a PI on the UKPRP-funded GroundsWell research Programme on the use of Urban Green and Blue Spaces to improve population health, leading the systems work package.

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