Dr. Isabella Aboderin is a Senior Research Scientist and Head of the Aging and Development Unit at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) in Nairobi, Kenya. She holds additional positions as a Visiting Associate Professor of Gerontology at the University of Southampton, UK and as an Extraordinary Professor in the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, North West University, South Africa.
Isabella’s research and policy engagement center on a) illuminating the nexus between issues of ageing and core development agendas in Africa, with a focus on older adults’ socio-economic and intergenerational roles and impacts, age-based inequalities in well-being, understandings of quality of life and resilience in old age, and health- and long-term care systems for older adults, and b) contributing to a consolidation of regional and national ageing policy and rights frameworks.
Isabella serves as the Regional Chair for Africa of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG), a Technical Advisor to the Global Commission on Aging in Developing Countries, a Member of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights Working Group on the Rights of Older Persons, and a Member of the boards of HelpAge International and the United Nations International Institute on Ageing (INIA).
Isabella holds a PhD from the School for Policy Studies from the University of Bristol, UK, an MSc in Health Promotion Sciences from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a BSc in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from the University of Bristol.