George Leeson

Oxford Institute Of Population Ageing
66 Banbury Road

Co-Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing & Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology

Dr. Leeson’s main research interests are in the socio-demographic aspects of ageing populations, covering both demographic modelling of population development and the analysis of national and international data sets.

Dr. Leeson has directed the Danish Longitudinal Future Study, which elucidates the attitudes and aspirations of future generations of older people in Denmark, and he is Principal Investigator with Professor Sarah Harper on the Global Ageing Study, a survey of 44,000 men and women aged 40 to 80 in 24 countries.

Dr. Leeson’s current research includes the demographic inequalities of global ageing, the changing populations of Europe, migration and migrants in Europe, health and social eldercare migrant workers, migration and fertility in Central and Eastern Europe, and the demographics of increasing longevity.

Dr. Leeson is a leading member of The Complex Environmental Population Interactions Project which unites key demographers, economists, anthropologists, philosophers and environmentalists to address through research, modeling and scenarios, the range of complex interactions between environmental and demographic change over the first half of the 21st century.

He is part of the Future of Food project "Implications for food production of adaptation to environmental change with an ageing agricultural sector: a case study of changing pest environments in Vietnam", to which he will bring his experience in modelling population dynamics and in designing and managing large-scale social surveys.


Recent Relevant Publications: 
  • Leeson, G.W. The Importance of Demography, Journal of Population Ageing, Vol. 4, Nos. 1-2. pp. 1-4, 2011.
  • Prepared or Not, Latin America faces the Challenge of Aging, Current History, Journal of Contemporary World Affairs, Vol. 110, No. 733, pp. 75-80, 2011.
  • Migrant carers – saving or sinking the sustainability of eldercare? Journal of Population Ageing, Vol. 3. Nos. 1-2, pp. 1-6, 2010.
  • Income inequality and health: Importance of a cross-country prespective (with Karlsson, M. et al). Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 70 (6), pp. 875-885, 2010.
  • Grandfathers in Contemporary Families in Britain: Evidence from Qualitative Research (with Mann,R.), Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, Vol. 8 (3), pp. 234-248, 2010.
  • The Myth of Welfarism Crowding Out Family in Old Age: the Danish experience, Hallym International Journal of Aging, Vol. 11 (1), pp. 33-47, 2009.
  • Future Ageing in Southeast Asia: demographic trends, human capital and health status (with Lutz W et al), in Older Persons in Southeast Asia (eds. Evi Nurvidya & Aris Ananta), pp. 47-67, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore, 2009.
  • Demography, politics and policy in Europe, in Setting EU Priorities 2009 (ed. Ludlow, P), pp.102-124, The European Strategy Forum, Ponte de Lima, Portugal, 2009.
  • Some descriptive findings from the Global Ageing Survey (GLAS) – Investing in later life, (with Harper S), Research report 108, Oxford Institute of Ageing, University of Oxford, 2008.
  • The Demography of Aging in Bangladesh: A Scenario Analysis of the Consequences, Hallym International Journal of Aging, Vol. 8 (1), pp. 1-21, 2008 (with Khan, H.).