Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Professor Carol Jagger

AXA Prof of Epidemiology of Ageing


I hold the AXA Chair in Epidemiology of Ageing in the Institute of Health and Society and am Deputy Director of the  Newcastle University Institute for Ageing (NUIA). 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 have an Honorary Visiting Fellowship at the Department of Public Health and Primary care, University of Cambridge.

I am a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (by distinction), Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (C.Stat) and Chartered Scientist (CSci), Honorary Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries,  Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and Member of the British Geriatrics Society.

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 work 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 recent 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 current research program has three themes: Understanding variations in Healthy Active Life Expectancy; Disability and Functioning in Later Life; and Ageing Population Projections for Policy. Recent and current 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).