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The role of the Scientific Advisory Committee is to provide advice on the strategic direction of the Centre from a global perspective, with emphasis on research programs. Members will help to identify potential international partners and linkages, and act as CEPAR ambassadors.



Professor David E. Bloom

David Bloom is Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography in the Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health and is Director of Harvard's Program on the Global Demography of Aging. He is also a Faculty Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Board of Directors of PSI and a member of the Board of Trustees of amfAR.

Dr. Bloom is an economist whose work focuses on health, demography, education, and labour. In recent years, he has written extensively on primary, secondary, and tertiary education in developing countries and on the links between health status, population dynamics, and economic growth. Dr. Bloom has published over 300 articles, book chapters, and books.



Professor Gordon L. Clark

Gordon Clark is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at Oxford University. He has served on the Social Science Committee of the British Academy, is an elected member of the Oxford University's Socially Responsible Investment Committee, an employer-nominated trustee of the Oxford Staff Pension Scheme, a consultant to MetallRente (Germany's largest DC pension plan), and a Founding Governor of the UK Pension Policy Institute.

An economic geographer with an abiding interest in the tension between global financial integration and national and regional institutions, his research has a number of related strands. One is focused on global finance and the investment management industry including the governance structure and decision-making performance of pension funds, endowments, and sovereign wealth funds. His research on household financial decision-making has focused on long-term saving for retirement utilising theories and methods from the behavioural and social sciences in the context of risk and uncertainty.



Professor Merril Silverstein

Merril Silverstein, PhD, is the inaugural holder of the Marjorie Cantor Chair in Aging Studies at Syracuse University with appointments in the Department of Sociology at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and in the School of Social Work. His research primarily focuses on aging within the context of family life, including intergenerational relationships over the life-course and international perspectives on ageing families. He has more than 140 publications on various topics in social gerontology, including the edited books Intergenerational Relations across Time and Place, Handbook of Theories of Aging, and Kin and Cohort in an Aging Society. 

He was until 2012 principal investigator of the Longitudinal Study of Generations, a project that tracked multigenerational families over four decades, and has projects in China, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Israel on topics of ageing and intergenerational relations.  He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the Brookdale National Fellowship Program, and the Fulbright International Senior Scholars Program, and currently serves as editor-in-chief of theJournal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.


Professor Yasuhiko Saito

Yasuhiko Saito is a Professor at the Advanced Research Institute for the Sciences and Humanities and a researcher at the Population Research Institute at Nihon University, Tokyo. His areas of specialization are demography, ageing and health. He works with researchers in the fields of sociology, economics, gerontology, psychology, anthropology, social work, epidemiology, psychiatry, dentistry, internal medicine and nursing.

His collaborative work extends over more than 20 countries. Over the last 10 years, he has conducted a five-wave national longitudinal survey on ageing and health in Japan. More recently, he conducted a national survey in the Philippines and supported surveys in Singapore and India. He is currently in the process of collecting data from France, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, and Japan for a five country comparative study of centenarians.