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Peter Lloyd-Sherlock - University of East Anglia. Norwich, , GB

Peter Lloyd-Sherlock Peter Lloyd-Sherlock

Professor of Social Policy and International Development | University of East Anglia


His research explores the lives of older people in developing countries – especially with regard to health, wellbeing and social protection.






Peter Lloyd-Sherlock: 10 minutes with ILPN: Professor Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, UEA




Peter Lloyd-Sherlock is Professor of Social Policy and International Development in the School of International Development at UEA. His research explores the lives of older people in developing countries – especially with regard to health, wellbeing and social protection. He has recently lead the creation of a website to share knowledge, ideas and opportunities for all those addressing the needs of the elderly during the COVID-19 outbreak and the lockdown. This is called the Global Platform for the Rapid Generation and Transfer of Knowledge on COVID-19 and older adults in low and middle-income countries or GP-Older-COVID.

​Peter is also interested in the economic and social effects of non-communicable diseases, such as stroke, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease – and works with the global Non-communicable Disease Alliance (NCD).

Peter has studied older people’s wellbeing and vulnerability in a range of countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Ghana, South Africa and Thailand. He works closely with a wide range of international development agencies.
Peter has been a Senior Research Fellow at the UK Government's Department for International Development, providing advice on social development and social protection. He has been seconded to the World Health Organisation's Ageing and Lifecourse Programme, as lead planner for a new WHO Programme on Primary Healthcare for Older People. He has also worked with the UN Secretary General’s Office to promote national capacity for mainstreaming age into development policy.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Elderly Population

Health and Wellbeing



Social Protection

Education (3)

London School of Economics: Ph.D., Faculty of Economics 1994

London School of Economics and London Institute of Latin American Studies: M.A., Area Studies (Latin America) 1991

Oxford University: B.A., Geography 1988

Media Appearances (5)

Argentina offers irrefutable evidence that long lockdowns spell disaster

The Telegraph  online


Hailed as a model at the beginning of the pandemic, the world’s longest lockdown has not saved Argentina from coronavirus misery as cases and daily deaths continue to skyrocket.

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COVID-19 Will Hit the Elderly Even Harder in Developing Countries

Scientific American  online


Even as the devastating effects of the coronavirus epidemic on human health, economic well-being and social institutions become known in countries like ours (England and the United States), there is an even greater tragedy in the making: the unimaginable suffering in developing countries for older people.

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Malema tells ‘cowards’: Don’t relax the lockdown or ‘millions will die’

Citizen  online


Peter Lloyd-Sherlock told GroundUp: “These are just hypothetical scenarios, based on a best-guess approach. What we can’t guess is how well South Africans will respond to this calamity. Quite simple actions could do a lot to limit the rate of infection, potentially saving many thousands of lives.”

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World in Progress: Protecting the elderly from the novel coronavirus

Deutsche Welle  online


Older people — especially those with preexisting conditions — seem to have a much higher risk of dying from the virus. Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, a professor of international health who's with the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia in the UK, helped put up a website that's providing information about the coronavirus and the elderly.

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WHO accused of 'institutional ageism' over five-year work programme

The Guardian  online


Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, professor of social policy and international development at UEA’s School of International Development, said the work programme was the most important document the WHO publishes, since it sets out the funding priorities for years to come.

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Articles (5)

Improving the indicator for premature deaths from noncommunicable diseases

Bull World Health Organ.

2020 Indicators that monitor health policies and programmes reflect the strategic foundations of pursued goals and guide interventions and are therefore critical to public health.

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Bearing the brunt of covid-19: older people in low and middle income countries


2020 The global response to covid-19 has been described as being “too little, too late.”1 National and international efforts are now gathering pace. Those involved in these efforts can draw on a rapidly growing body of research, much summarised in regularly updated guidelines published by national and international authorities, covering the latest information on the virus, its mode of transmission, its spread, and the susceptibility of different groups within the population.

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A critical review of intervention and policy effects on the health of older people in sub-Saharan Africa

Social Science & Medicine

2020 This paper provides a critical review of publications containing information about specific health effects on older adults of interventions and policies in sub-Saharan Africa. Interventions and policies fell into the following categories: testing or treating HIV, the provision of pensions, screening for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), health service financing and interventions related to visual conditions.

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Evaluating the quality of long-term care services in the city of La Plata, Argentina

Ageing and Society

2019 This paper reports on an innovative survey of long-term care facilities for older people in the Argentine city of La Plata. It applies a range of qualitative methodologies, including a clandestine audit conducted by older people living in the community. The paper pays particular attention to the types and availability of services, perceived quality and the rigour of regulatory processes.

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A cohort study of the effects of older adult care dependence upon household economic functioning, in Peru, Mexico and China

PLoS One

2018 While links between disability and poverty are well established, there have been few longitudinal studies to clarify direction of causality, particularly among older adults in low and middle income countries. We aimed to study the effect of care dependence among older adult residents on the economic functioning of their households, in catchment area survey sites in Peru, Mexico and China.

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