My main area of research looks at social protection, health and the wellbeing of older people in developing countries. I am also interested in the economic and social effects of non-communicable diseases, such as stroke, heart disease and Alzheimer’s Disease. I have a more general interest in social policy, particularly in Latin America.
Contrary to popular belief, more older people live in the developing world than in the rich north. Despite this, the condition of older people and the wider effects of population ageing are still seen as peripheral concerns in development policy. I have been involved in studies of older people’s wellbeing and vulnerability in Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and Thailand. I am currently involved in two funded research projects examining the wellbeing of older people and their families in eight different countries.
Areas of Expertise (5)
London School of Economics: Ph.D., Areas Studies 1994
London School of Economics: M.A., Areas Studies 1991
St. Annes College, Oxford University: B.A., Geography 1988
Media Appearances (5)
China's one-child policy is now a two-child policy
Los Angeles Times online
"The news that China is to end its notorious one-child policy hardly comes out of the blue,” said Peter Lloyd Sherlock, a professor of social policy and international development at the University of East Anglia in England. “In reality, the policy has been phasing out over the past 15 years, with a reduction of sanctions in many parts of the country.”...
UEA professor and his mother take on UN over ageism
Eastern Daily Press online
Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, 49, and his mother Ann, 80, of Norwich, have launched a campaign against one of the goals on the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDG). Under the proposals, UN member states will be given targets to cut the number of “premature” deaths from diseases such as cancer, strokes, diabetes and dementia by one third by 2030. However because many are age-related illnesses, people who succumb from the age of 70 are not deemed to have died prematurely and so are not included in the target...
A New U.N. Health Goal Targets Folks 69 And Under. Ageism Or Realism?
"Imagine countries that are influenced by U.N. targets — low- and middle- income countries," says Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, a professor of social policy and international development at the University of East Anglia and co-author of the letter. "They would have to take resources away from people 70 and above [to accomplish this SDG]. I just don't quite get what's going on."...
UN health goals ageist and undermine 'health as a right for all', say experts
The Guardian online
Professor Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, professor of social policy and international development at the University of East Anglia and lead author of the letter, wrote it in response to research about the UN sustainable development goals (SDG). Prof Lloyd-Sherlock said: “This premature mortality target is highly unethical, since it unjustifiably discriminates against older people and is explicitly ageist. Also, it lacks any scientific validity.”
Elderly face NHS discrimination under new UN death targets
The Telegraph online
Prof Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, professor of social policy and international development at the University of East Anglia, and lead author of the letter, said: “This premature mortality target is highly unethical, since it unjustifiably discriminates against older people. “We already know that there is age discrimination in cancer care and surgery and these targets give that the stamp of approval. “The targets are not quite set in stone yet, so we have a final opportunity to impress upon the UN the need to alter this explicitly ageist health target. “If this doesn’t happen, people aged 70 and over will become second-class citizens as far as health policy is concerned.”...
Featured Articles (5)
Hypertension among older adults in low-and middle-income countries: prevalence, awareness and controlInternational Journal of Epidemiology
2014 This study uses data from the World Health Organization's Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE) to examine patterns of hypertension prevalence, awareness, treatment and control for people aged 50 years and over in China, Ghana, ...
Non-contributory pensions and social protectionIssues in Social Protection
2002 This paper considers existing non-contributory pension programmes, or more accurately cash transfers for the old, in Africa and Latin America. It evaluates their impact on poverty and vulnerability of the old, on aggregate poverty, and on household investment in ...
Population ageing in developed and developing regions: implications for health policySocial Science & Medicine
2000 Population ageing is now recognised as a global issue of increasing importance, and has many implications for health care and other areas of social policy. However, these issues remain relatively under-researched, particularly in poorer countries, and there is a dearth of specific policy initiatives at the international level...
Old Age and Poverty in Developing Countries: New Policy ChallengesWorld Development
2000 Almost all developing countries are now experiencing demographic ageing. This paper examines the consequences of ageing for the poor. It assesses the extent to which the poor are participating in demographic ageing, or whether the process is largely restricted to relatively privileged groups. The paper observes that policy and research mainly focus on pensions programs, which have little relevance for most poor older people. It then describes livelihood patterns for poor elders, highlighting the importance of intergenerational exchange. Health policies are also found to largely ignore the needs of this group, and the expansion of private financing presents particular problems.
Reforming health insurance in Argentina and ChileHealth Policy and Planning
2000 The paper examines the recent reforms of health insurance in Chile and Argentina. These partially replace social health insurance with individual insurance administered through the private sector. In Chile, reforms in the early 1980s allowed private health ...