About us

Where are we now?

Pilot Fieldwork complete!

The fieldwork for the 2017 HAGIS pilot (main interviews and self completion questionnaires) was completed in October 2017. Since then, the HAGIS team have been working hard to get the data ready so that other researchers can work with the data and we can begin to carry out research on this unique Scottish dataset. 

2017 HAGIS Pilot Report Launch

More recently, HAGIS have been working with various reserachers from throughout Scotland to put together the 2017 pilot report. The report will discuss the 2017 pilot cohort and present findings from the data on a number of research themes including financial literacy, cognitive ageing, retirement, volunteering and much more. Some of the topics in the report will be presented at the 2017 HAGIS Pilot Report Launch on the 8th December. 

Project Team

Professor David Bell

ORGANISATION: University of Stirling
POSITION IN HAGIS: Principal Investigator
PHONE: +44 (0)1786 467486
EMAIL: d.n.f.bell@stir.ac.uk 

BIO: David is a Professor of Economics at the University of Stirling. He has an MA in Economics and Statistics from the university of Aberdeen, an MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics and a PhD from the University of Strathclyde. Previously to his post in Stirling, David has worked as a Lecturer at St. Andrews University (1974-74), a Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde (1975-83), a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Warwick (1983-85) and a Lecturer (1985-89) and Senior Lecturer (1989-90) at the University of Glasgow. David has been an advisor to the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee, the Scotland Bill Committee, the Health and Sport Committee and the Education and Culture Committee. His main research interests are in the economics of long term care; the economics of subjective well-being; the Scottish economy; labour economic and the economics of education. 

Professor Ian Deary 

ORGANISATION: University of Edinburgh
POSITION IN HAGIS: Co-Investigator
PHONE: +44 (0)131 650 3452
EMAIL: I.deary@ed.ac.uk 

BIOIan Deary is Professor of Differential Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and Director of the Medical Research Council-administered Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology. He graduated in Psychology and Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, and studied there for his PhD. He practised psychiatry in London and Edinburgh before moving to academic psychology. His principal research interest is human mental abilities, especially: the origins of cognitive differences; the effects of ageing and medical conditions on mental skills (cognitive ageing); and the influence of intelligence on health and wellbeing through the life course (cognitive epidemiology). He directs the Lothian Birth Cohorts of 1921 and 1936, and the 6-Day Sample follow-up study of the Scottish Mental Survey 1947. Ian Deary is one of five academics on the Executive of the Dementias Platform UK. He has published over 750 peer-reviewed articles, many on human cognitive ageing, and is the author/co-author of four books.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He was President of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences. He held a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award for his work on human cognitive ageing.

Ian Deary’s other awards include: Distinguished European Personality Psychologist Award from the European Association for Personality Psychology in 2010; Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Intelligence Research, awarded in December 2014; James McKeen Cattell Fellowship for Lifetime Achievement in Applied Psychology from the Association for Psychological Research, awarded in May 2015; Distinguished Contribution Award from the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences, to be awarded in July 2015; and the Tenovus Medal for Outstanding Research in Biomedicine, to be awarded in September 2015.

Dr Elaine Douglas

ORGANISATION: University of Stirling
POSITION IN HAGIS: Research Fellow / Project Manager 
EMAIL: elaine.douglas@stir.ac.uk 

BIO: Elaine joined the HAGIS in September 2015 and seeks to turn Healthy Ageing in Scotland into reality.  She is the project manager for the study and is available to speak directly with people invited to join the study if they have any questions about taking part.  

Elaine’s research interests are in the social and economic determinants of health and health-related policy. Before joining HAGIS, Elaine was a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton on an EU funded project to reduce the over-prescription of antibiotics in eight European countries and at Kings College London on a project to promote early presentation to a GP for symptoms of breast cancer in older women.

She has a PhD in Public Health from University College London (2015) on the socioeconomic inequalities of cervical cancer, an MSc in Health, Community & Development from the London School of Economics (2009) and BSc in Psychology from the University of Stirling (2008).  

If you have been invited to take part in HAGIS but would like more information or to discuss it without obligation, then please call Elaine on Freephone 0800 0855 771. 

Chloe Fawns-Ritchie

ORGANISATION: University of Edinburgh, Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology
POSITION IN HAGIS: PhD Researcher
EMAIL: c.fawns-ritchie@ed.ac.uk  

Chloe Fawns-Ritchie is the cognitive testing officer at the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh. Chloe’s role at the centre is to assist researchers with all aspects of cognitive testing in their research. Within HAGIS, Chloe and Professor Ian Deary have developed a short cognitive assessment that will be given to HAGIS participants. This cognitive assessment will be used to understand how thinking skills, such as memory, change with increasing age, and how these skills relate to functioning in everyday life.

Chloe obtained an MSc in Human Cognitive Neuropsychology at the University of Edinburgh in 2015 and she is now carrying out a PhD at the same university investigating the association between cognitive functions and financial abilities in ageing. Some of Chloe’s PhD analysis will use the data collected in HAGIS. 

Dr Alasdair Rutherford

ORGANISATION: University of Stirling
POSITION IN HAGIS: Co-Investigator
PHONE: +44 (0)1786 466409
EMAIL: alasdair.rutherford@stir.ac.uk 

BIO: Alasdair is a senior lecturer in social statistics in the School of Applied Social Science (SASS) at the University of Stirling, which he joined in January 2013. He is a research economist with experience in academia, the public and voluntary sectors, and consultancy work. Alasdair has a BSc in Artificial Intelligence and Psychology from the University of Edinburgh (1999); a BA in Economics and Sociology from the Open University (2005); an MSc in Economics from the University of Edinburgh (2006) and his PhD in Economics from the University of Stirling (2011). Before joining SASS, Alasdair was a Research Fellow in the ESRC Centre for Population Change between September 2010 and December 2012. His research is mainly focused on applied econometric and statistical work using both large survey and administrative datasets. His research interests include ageing; social care; informal care; charities and non-profits; and the economics of volunteering.

Elizabeth Lemmon

ORGANISATION: University of Stirling
POSITION IN HAGIS: PhD Researcher
EMAIL: elizabeth.lemmon1@stir.ac.uk 

BIO: Elizabeth is a full time PhD student in the Economics Division of the University of Stirling. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Stirling in June 2013 with a BA with Honors in Economics. Following this she completed her MSc Economics in November 2014 at the University of Edinburgh on the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics (SGPE). She began her PhD in Economics in October 2014. Elizabeth's research is focused on the costs associated with the ageing population in Scotland. Elizabeth worked on the HAGIS project as a Research Assistant from May 2015 to May 2016. 

Steering Group

Professor David Bell

ORGANISATION: University of Stirling
PHONE: +44 (0)1786 467486
EMAIL: d.n.f.bell@stir.ac.uk 

BIO: David is a Professor of Economics at the University of Stirling. He has an MA in Economics and Statistics from the university of Aberdeen, an MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics and a PhD from the University of Strathclyde. Previously to his post in Stirling, David has worked as a Lecturer at St. Andrews University (1974-74), a Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde (1975-83), a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Warwick (1983-85) and a Lecturer (1985-89) and Senior Lecturer (1989-90) at the University of Glasgow. David has been an advisor to the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee, the Scotland Bill Committee, the Health and Sport Committee and the Education and Culture Committee. His main research interests are in the economics of long term care; the economics of subjective well-being; the Scottish economy; labour economic and the economics of education. 

Professor Nick Buck

ORGANISATION: Essex University and the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)
PHONE: +44 (0)120 687 3066
EMAIL: nhb@essex.ac.uk

BIO: Nick is the Deputy Director for the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) and the Director of the ESRC UK Longitudinal Studies Centre at the University of Essex. He is also the principal Investigator of the British Household Panel Survey. Nick studied Sociology and Economics at the University of Kent at Canterbury (1975) and received his PhD in Urban Studies also from the University of Kent at Canterbury (1980). Prior to his current appointments, Nick was a Research Associate in the Urban and Regional Studies Unit at the University of Kent (1982); Research Assistant in the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the University of Kent (1982-1989); Research Fellow (since 1989), Chief Research Officer (1989-1994), Principal Research Officer and Associate Director (1994-1999) in the Urban and Regional Studies Unit at the University of Kent. His main research interests are on the impacts of economic change and public policy on social inequality and patterns of household formation; labour market marginality and multiple deprivation; impacts of territorial inequality on social processes; social polarisation and social change in London; methodological aspects of longitudinal data. 

Professor Ian Deary 

ORGANISATION: University of Edinburgh
PHONE: +44 (0)131 650 3452
EMAIL: I.deary@ed.ac.uk 

BIO: Ian Deary is Professor of Differential Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and Director of the Medical Research Council-administered Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology. He graduated in Psychology and Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, and studied there for his PhD. He practised psychiatry in London and Edinburgh before moving to academic psychology. His principal research interest is human mental abilities, especially: the origins of cognitive differences; the effects of ageing and medical conditions on mental skills (cognitive ageing); and the influence of intelligence on health and wellbeing through the life course (cognitive epidemiology). He directs the Lothian Birth Cohorts of 1921 and 1936, and the 6-Day Sample follow-up study of the Scottish Mental Survey 1947. Ian Deary is one of five academics on the Executive of the Dementias Platform UK. He has published over 750 peer-reviewed articles, many on human cognitive ageing, and is the author/co-author of four books.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He was President of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences. He held a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award for his work on human cognitive ageing.

Ian Deary’s other awards include: Distinguished European Personality Psychologist Award from the European Association for Personality Psychology in 2010; Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Intelligence Research, awarded in December 2014; James McKeen Cattell Fellowship for Lifetime Achievement in Applied Psychology from the Association for Psychological Research, awarded in May 2015; Distinguished Contribution Award from the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences, to be awarded in July 2015; and the Tenovus Medal for Outstanding Research in Biomedicine, to be awarded in September 2015.

Professor John Frank

ORGANISATION: Scottish Collaboration for Public Health and Research Policy
PHONE: +44 (0)131 651 1593
EMAIL: john.frank@ed.ac.uk

BIO: John Frank is the Director of the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health and Research Policy (SCPHRP). He took up this role in 2008. John trained in Medicine and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, in Family Medicine at McMaster University, and in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. From 1983 until 1991 he was Professor at the University of Toronto, in the Department of Public Health Sciences. He was the founding Director of Research at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto from 1991 to 1997. In 2000, he was appointed inaugural Scientific Director of the Institute of Population and Public Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He holds a chair in public health at the University of Edinburgh in Public Health Research and Policy. In 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh for his contributions. His broad research and professional interests concern the determinants of population and individual health status, and especially the causes, remediation and prevention of socio-economic gradients in health.

 

Professor Vernon Gayle

ORGANISATION: University of Edinburgh
PHONE: +44(0)131 650 4069
EMAIL: Vernon.gayle@ed.ac.uk

BIO: Vernon is a Professor of Sociology and Social Statistics at the University of Edinburgh. His research involves the statistical analysis of large scale and complex social science datasets. He specializes in the analysis of longitudinal data, social surveys and administrative datasets. Vernon’s main research interests are in social stratification; social statistics; sociology of youth; sociology of education; migration studies; fertility; sociology of sport; public understanding of social statistics.

Gemma Tetlow

ORGANISATION: English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)
EMAIL: g.tetlow@ifs.org.uk

BIO: Gemma Tetlow is a member of the scientific team at the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and Programme Director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). Gemma graduated from the University of Warwick in 2003 with a BSc in Economics, followed by her MSc in Economics in 2004, also from the University of Warwick. At the IFS Gemma is Programme Director for the work on pensions, public finances and saving. Her research interests include pensions, savings, asset holding and health and their interactions with later life working. Her work also includes analysis of the UK’s public finances and public spending. 

Funders

                    

HAGIS is jointly funded by the National Institute on Ageing (NIA) of the United States and by the Nuffield Foundation. HAGIS also received some seedcorn funding from the Centre for Population Change (CPC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).

National Institute on Ageing (NIA)

NIA is one of 27 National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States (US) which carries out pioneering research into the determinants of healthy ageing. The NIA is committed to understanding the nature of ageing in order to support the health and wellbeing of the elderly population, allowing them to live as long and as healthy lives as possible. As such, the goals of HAGIS are well aligned with those of NIA. HAGIS can be a powerful tool with which to compare the life circumstances of older people in Scotland and the USA. The NIA awarded HAGIS funding to interview 400 individuals for the pilot survey. 

The Nuffield Foundation

The Nuffield Foundation is a charitable trust which was founded in 1943 by William Morris, Lord Nuffield, founder of Morris Motors. Since it was established, the Trust has been funding research projects and innovations in the areas of social policy and education.  The Trust recognizes the important role of education, training and research, in advancing social wellbeing- the primary ambition of Lord Nuffield. Following an application to the Trust for additional funding, HAGIS was granted sufficient funds to extend the pilot, bringing the grand total of interviews to 1000 individuals. This additional funding will allow HAGIS to help in achieving the Nuffield ambition, through its multidisciplinary approach in an exploration of the interaction between financial literacy, cognition and the ageing process.

The Centre for Population Change (CPC)

The CPC, funded by the ESRC, was established in January 2009.  The aim of the centre is to improving our understanding of the driving forces and implications of population change.

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

The ESRC, established in 1965, is the UK’s largest funder of research into economic and social issues. The ESRC encourages high quality, independent research which will have an impact on business, the public sector and third sector.

The Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE)

SIRE is the outcome of a substantial investment in Economics Research in Scotland by the Scottish Funding Council and ten participating universities. SIRE aims to nurture high quality economic research; to attract high quality graduates to Scotland; to sustain and develop an international reputation of excellence in research economics; and to contribute the knowledge transfer between fundamental researchers and policy researchers, in turn enhancing the quality of research in Scotland. 

International Network

HAGIS will be joining an international network of longitudinal ageing studies. All of whom, endeavor to maintain a high degree of comparability between their data and data collection processes, with those of their sister surveys. This high degree of comparability means that data can readily be harmonized across studies, allowing for richer cross country comparisons to be made. HAGIS too will be practicing comparability in the way the survey is set up and administered, in particular HAGIS will be well aligned with the other longitudinal studies in the rest of the British Isles, namely, the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), The Northern Ireland Cohort Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NICOLA) and The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA). Each of which, is modelled on the Health and Retirement Study (HRS).  

For more information on the other ageing studies in the British Isles, see below:-

HAGIS will also be part of The Gateway to Global Ageing Data initiative, a global platform for data sharing and collaboration of all longitudinal ageing studies across the world. The platform allows for easy comparisons to be made between survey questions and variables, and harmonized versions of each country’s data are readily available here for cross country analysis. 

Currently, Gateway to Global Ageing Data has 11 study members: -