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Professor Isabella Aboderin

Professor Isabella Aboderin

Professor Isabella Aboderin
BSc, MSc, PhD

Perivoli Chair in Africa Research and Partnerships

Office Office 2.2, 7 Priory Road
School for Policy Studies,
8 Priory Road, Clifton BS8 1TZ
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+44 (0) 117 954 5507


Isabella Anike Gbemisola Aboderin is chair in Africa Research and Partnerships and the director of the University of Bristol Perivoli Africa Research Centre (PARC).  Isabella sees PARC as a catalyst for a rebalancing of research collaboration with Africa, to support the continent’s pursuit and achievement of its own development objectives.

Her commitment to finding new partnership approaches that overcome inequities and drive action and change is anchored in her own extensive experience in navigating relationships between African and international institutions and in engaging policy actors as a knowledge partner.

A professor of Gerontology who earned her PhD from the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol, Isabella’s research explores intergenerational linkages of, and long-term care for, older populations, their consideration in existing policy architectures and their relevance to Africa’s harnessing of its demographic transition.

Between 2012 and 2019 Isabella was a senior research scientist at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC): a Nairobi-based think tank interrogating questions of health and well-being on the continent.

At APHRC, Isabella established and led the Aging and Development Research Unit, spearheading work to integrate into continental African Union frameworks a series of critical arguments on missing lenses in the push to cultivate a demographic dividend for Africa, and on approaches to developing long-term care systems. 

During her tenure at APHRC Isabella played a central role in realizing other research to policy initiatives, including a multi-country, multi-year programme to challenge the politics of social exclusion.

Isabella held the position of associate professor of gerontology, University of Southampton (2013-2016), and at the Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford, was a research fellow and then senior research fellow (2004-2013). She was a technical officer at the World Health Organization Department of Ageing and Lifecourse in Geneva (2001-2002).

Among other roles, Isabella serves as regional chair for Africa of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG); as a member of the Global Commission on creating a Roadmap for Healthy Longevity; and as part of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Longevity. She is a trustee on the boards of the United Nations International Institute on Ageing (INIA) and the Population Reference Bureau (PRB). Isabella is also an extraordinary professor at North West University, South Africa and Associate Fellow at APHRC.


  • Africa
  • ageing
  • intergenerational relations
  • long-term care systems
  • demographic transition
  • development



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