Global Challenges Academy

Staff Profile

Emerita Professor Carol Jagger

Emerita Professor


I retired in June 2021. From 2010-2021 I held the AXA Chair in Epidemiology of Ageing at Newcastle University. My first degree was in mathematics and I hold an MSc in Statistics from the University of Leeds and a PhD in Statistics from the University of Leicester. From 1981 until 2010 I was in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Leicester. 

I am a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (by distinction), Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (C.Stat), and Honorary Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

I maintain an active interest in my main research areas of healthy life expectancy, inequalities, and microsimulation modelling.

Areas of expertise: ageing, epidemiology, healthy life expectancy

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My research expertise is in the demography and epidemiology of ageing with a focus on late life functioning, both physical and mental, and including measurement as well as determinants and consequences for care. I have been involved in the design and/or analysis of all the major UK cohort and longitudinal studies of ageing and regularly worked with the Cognitive Function and Ageing Studies and the Newcastle 85 Study. 

I am the leading UK researcher on healthy life expectancy and its use to monitor population ageing, and have published widely on this topic and regularly provided advice to government departments and committees, including a review of trends in life and healthy life expectancy for the Foresight Ageing Project. Internationally I have made major contributions over the last decade to developing the instruments and indicators to monitor population health across the European Union.

My research program had three themes: Understanding variations in Healthy Active Life Expectancy; Disability and Functioning in Later Life; and Ageing Population Projections for Policy. Recent studies include: Making the extra years count: the contribution of disease, multi-morbidity and socio-economic differentials to trends in disability-free life expectancy (funded by the Dunhill Medical Trust); MODEM: comprehensive modelling of costs and outcomes of interventions with dementia (ESRC funded); Linking spirituality and religiosity to health, life expectancy and disability-free life expectancy: A global comparative study of older persons (funded by the John Templeton Foundation); and Prevention of Malnutrition in Senior Subjects (PROMISS) in the EU (funded by Horizon 2020).