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Philip Kreager


Dr Philip Kreager is a specialist in the history of population theory and analysis and a member of Project Southeast Asia’s Steering Committee. He is also Senior Research Fellow in Human Sciences at Somerville College, and Tutor and Lecturer in Demography at the Institute of Human Sciences, Oxford University. He is Director of the Fertility and Reproductive Studies Group at the Oxford Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (since 2010), and Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing (since 2004).

Outside of Oxford, Dr Kreager has been Honorary Professor at the University of Indonesia’s Institute of Ageing since 2009, and Visiting Research Fellow of the Centre for Research on Ageing, Southampton University since 2008. He has been on the Editorial Board for ‘Life Course, Culture and Aging: Global Transformations’ from 2009. He has been a research fellow of the Wellcome Trust, the Population Council, and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Dr Kreager directed the comparative, longitudinal study ‘Ageing in Indonesia’ from 1998 to 2007. Current consulting work includes ‘Social Assistance Needs of Poor and Vulnerable Older people in Indonesia’ (National Team for Accelerating Poverty Reduction (TNP2K), Vice President’s Office, Government of Indonesia, with the University of Indonesia and Help Age International), and the Humanities Impact Pilot Project (University of Oxford).

Research areas
• Anthropological Demography, with particular reference to Southeast Asia
• Population Ageing
• History of Population Theory and Analysis

Selected publications
• (with E. Schröder-Butterfill). ‘Differential Impacts of Migration on the Family Networks of Older People in Indonesia: A Comparative Analysis’, Development and Change. In press.
• ‘The Challenge of Compositional Demography’, Asian Population Studies 7(3), 85-88. 2011.
•(with Elisabeth Schröder-Butterfill). ‘Age-Structural Transition in Indonesia: A Comparison of Macro- and Micro-Level Evidence’, Asian Population Studies 6(1), 25-45. 2010.
• ‘Darwin and Lotka: Two Concepts of Population’, Demographic Research 21(16), 469-502. 2009.
• ‘Ageing, Finance and Civil Society: Notes for an Agenda’, in E. N. Arifin and A. Ananta (eds), Older Persons in Southeast Asia, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 361-91. 2009.