2021 Recipients

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. Emerging Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, and presenting their own research papers. The 2021 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients are as follows:

Jia Xu

Jia Xu

AnHui Normal University, China

Dr. Jia Xu, lecturer for faculty of history and sociology at AnHui Normal University. She holds a Ph.D. and was a young researcher at the Centre of Globalization and Governance at the University of Hamburg where she awarded her Ph.D.

Her main fields of research include historical and cross-national comparative research about poverty and welfare states, family policies, and aging policies. She has published her monography with international publishers of high reputation and articles in scientific journals. The Ageing and Social Change Conference Committee included her as an Emerging Scholar in 2020. She was the winner of the full-scholarship of the Chinese Scholarship Council. The government of WuHu City included her as Outstanding Young Scholar. She was the leader of one research project of the Chinese Educational Department and is currently the leader of three research projects of the Social Science Research Council of AnHui province. She participated in several international conferences with a high reputation.

Saiyedatun Nesa

Saiyedatun Nesa

Researcher, Journal Reviewer & Department of Cooperative, Bangladesh

Saiyedatun Nesa graduated from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh with a Bachelor's degree. She obtained her Master’s degree in Global development and social research from the Teesside University, United Kingdom. She is a freelance researcher and journal reviewer. Her area of interest lies in the field of sociology, social research and the environment especially climate change. She has a related publication in an international journal. Saiyedatun Nesa is currently working as a deputy director in the Department of Cooperatives, Government of Bangladesh. She is a committed and proactive professional with a specialization in the use of project management skills in the field of the social development sector.

Cherrie Park

Cherrie Park

The Ohio State University, USA

Cherrie Park is a Ph.D. student in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University. Her research interest is focused on the well-being of older adults, with specific topics including age-friendly communities, ageism, family caregiving, and mental health. One of her current projects ‘GRANDcares Plus’ seeks to develop community resources for those engaged in family caregiving, particularly grandparents raising grandchildren. She is also working for the Age-Friendly Columbus and Franklin County team with experts from multidisciplinary backgrounds. Recently, she joined the Young Professional Council of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging so she could contribute to empowering all people to age well through research and advocacy.

Daniel D. Dasig, Jr

Daniel D. Dasig, Jr

Associate Professorial Lecturer, Graduate Studies College of Science & Computer Studies, Philippines

Dr. Daniel Dasig is an Associate Professorial Lecturer 6 at Graduate Studies College of Science & Computer Studies of De La Salle University-Dasmarinas. He also works in the Change Management team of a Canadian telecommunications company. He is a multi-awarded researcher, journal reviewer, and young engineering and telecommunications professional. His research interests include knowledge translational science, gerontology, aging science, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence of Things, Blockchain, information engineering, data science, sustainable computing, business, and total quality management. He has published and co-edited books in IoT and Blockchain in Springer, CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group, and Apple Academic Press. He has numerous relevant publications in international and local journals, a conference consultant who organized and co-organized local and international conferences.

Owasim Akram

Owasim Akram

Doctoral Researcher, Örebro University, Sweden

Owasim Akram is a Marie Skłodowska Curie Doctoral Researcher at the Örebro University, Sweden. He has a background in International Relations from the University of Dhaka. His expertise is extreme poverty, socio-economic resilience, social protection and food security which he has gained through his affiliation in the development sector with exposure to work for several world-renowned organizations like Brac, Plan International, Oxfam and European Commission. In his doctoral research Owasim Akram is exploring the lived experience of ageing in extreme poverty in Bangladesh through a life course approach. He is also affiliated with the Swedish National Graduate School for Competitive Science on Ageing and Health (SWEAH), Lund University.

 Ana Teresa Martins Pedreiro

Ana Teresa Martins Pedreiro

Researcher, Health Sciences Research Unit, Nursing of the Nursing School of Coimbra, Portugal

Ana Teresa Pedreiro is a researcher at the Health Sciences Research Unit: Nursing of the Nursing School of Coimbra. She holds a PhD in Public Health from the National School of Public Health of Nova University of Lisbon, in which she studied aging and retirement adjustment, focusing on gender issues and conjugality.

She has several papers, books and book chapters published on the thematic of aging and retirement. Her research interests are aging, retirement, public policies related to aging and health promotion in the transition to retirement.

Sonja Spitzer

Sonja Spitzer

University of Vienna, Austria

Sonja Spitzer is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Demography at the University of Vienna, which is part of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital. Her research centers around the social and economic consequences of demographic change, with a special focus on health, aging, and the generational economy. Over the past years, she has built a strong expertise in assessing the reliability of survey data, especially in the context of popular health measures and demographic differentials in health perception. She has published in some of the top journals of her field and her research has been nationally and internationally awarded.

Dr. Spitzer earned her PhD with specialization in Demography and Economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) in 2020. She also holds a Master of Science in Economics and a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Socio-Economics, both from WU. She has completed parts of her studies at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Chinari Mathur

Chinari Mathur

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India

She is pursuing her PhD in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai, India. Her area of research is centered on Ageing, Disability and Elder Abuse in the Indian context. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Delhi with a Bachelor's Honors degree in Psychology. She completed her Masters in Social Work in 2014, from TISS, Mumbai with a specialization in Disability Studies. Thereafter in 2016, she pursued M. Phil in Social Work from TISS, Mumbai centered on Experiences of Elderly and Care Givers, given the presence of Functional Limitations in Old Age.

 Sarah Assaad

Sarah Assaad

University of Cambridge, UK

Sarah is a public health researcher from Lebanon currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, UK. Her project aims at describing the patterns of change in health and social care needs of the older olds and the role of social well-being in healthy aging. She is analyzing longitudinal data from a rare cohort study of 28 years of follow-up, the Cambridge City over - 75s Cohort (CC75C). She holds a BS in Medical Laboratory Sciences and a Master in Public Health with emphasis on Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. She also coordinated the implementation of the first 10/66 dementia cohort study in Lebanon (2016-17).

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​Sonia Pascua

​Sonia Pascua

University of the Philippines, Philippines

Sonia Pascua is an Assistant Professor of the University of the Philippines and a PhD student in Information Science at the College of Computing and Informatics (CCI), Drexel University. She works as an Instructor of Records at CCI and research assistant of the Metadata Research Center (MRC) where she’s one of the researchers/ontologists of the Explanatory Agent Team of the Biomedical Data Translator Project under the NCATS of the National Institute of Health. Her research interests are in knowledge graph, biomedical ontologies, knowledge translational sciences, gerontology, aging sciences, metadata capital, linked data, knowledge organization, database management and SQA.

 Samantha Oostlander

Samantha Oostlander

University of Ottawa, Canada

Samantha Oostlander is a second-year doctoral candidate at the University of Ottawa in the Population Health program. Samantha completed a bachelor of science in Neuroscience and Mental Health from Carleton University in 2016 and a masters of science in Occupational Therapy from Queen’s University in 2018. She practices as an Occupational Therapist in an acute care setting. Within the Population Health Program, Samantha acts as the secretary for the graduate student’s association. For her doctoral research program, Samantha is pursuing research that explores how asset-based approaches to policy development can foster adaptive capacity, with a specific focus on high-risk populations. She is supervised by Dr. Tracey O’Sullivan in the EnRiCH lab at the University of Ottawa.

Jonathan Lai

Jonathan Lai

University of Alberta, Canada

Jon is a graduate student in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta. His research interests lie at the intersection of the aging labor force, psychological health & safety in the workplace, and human resource management. In his leisure time, he enjoys cycling and visiting art galleries in other cities.

Tolulope Adeniji

Tolulope Adeniji

University of Maiduguri, Nigeria

Chief Executive Officer, Ganador Healthcare Services Ltd, Nigeria

Tolulope Adeniji is a medical researcher and a physiotherapist specializing in geriatrics. Tolulope's research interests are in ageing science and geriatrics practice, particularly how to integrate virtual reality, biomechanics, and non-invasive brain modulation for pain, motor, and cognitive recovery and enhancement. He holds a bachelor's degree in medical rehabilitation (physiotherapy) from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, as well as a master's degree in physiotherapy from the University of Maiduguri in Borno State, Nigeria, with a focus on geriatric physiotherapy research and practice. He also has a lot of clinical experience from humanitarian and physiotherapy institutions. Tolulope is the Chief Executive Officer of Ganador Healthcare Services Ltd, a Nigerian company based in Maiduguri, Borno State. He also works at the Federal Medical Centre in Nguru, Yobe State, Nigeria, as a locum physiotherapist.

Julia Henderson

Julia Henderson

Concordia University, USA

In August, 2021, Dr. Julia Henderson completed a SSHRC-funded Postdoctoral Fellow with Concordia University’s Department of Communication Studies and its Ageing+Communication+Technologies Project. She is currently Special Project Manager in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at University of British Columbia and Postdoctoral Researcher with the Vancouver Foundation Funded Raising the Curtain on the Lived Experience of Dementia Project. Julia’s research has been published in The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Theatre Research in Canada, Canadian Theatre Review, RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, Age, Culture, Humanities, Geriatrics, and the Thornton Wilder Journal.

In Their Words

I gained a whole new perspective on sharing scientific findings from different specialties. The different approaches in talking circles and garden talks gave me experiences that I've never had in any other scientific conference."

Nor Jannah Raduan, 2016 Awardee

I learned a lot about the experiences of the elderly in different societies. This prepared me to work with the elderly in different communities and to better understand their challenges."

Magen Mutepfa, 2014 Awardee

It was an excellent experience for me as I met participants from different regions and countries around the world. I learned how to interact with the presenters which gave me a lot of confidence to talk and to lead in such a nice event."

Chia-Ming Yen, 2014 Awardee