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Craig Blackburn

BCom (Hons) UNSW, MAct (Hons) UNSW, MEng(R), JCU, BEng (Hons) QUT, PhD UNSW 

Location: School of Risk and Actuarial Studies, UNSW

Research interests: Longevity modelling; Risk management; Pricing applications

Thesis title: Longevity risk management and securitisation

Supervisor: Michael Sherris

Graduated: 2013, took up a position as a Research Fellow at CEPAR before moving on to Challenger

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Caroline Brodrick

BSc (Hons) ANU

Location:   Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, Australian National University

Thesis title: Mild cognitive impairment

Supervisor:  Professor Kaarin Anstey 

Graduated: 2015

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Dimity Crisp

MSc Research UC

Location: Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, Australian National University

Research interests: Impact of late life transitions, subjective wellbeing.

Thesis title: Transitions in later life: Relocation to a retirement village.

Supervisor: Professor Kaarin Anstey

Graduated: 2013, took up a position as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the National Institute for Mental Health Research

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Jun Feng

BMgt Fudan, MPhil UNSW

Location: School of Risk and Actuarial Studies, UNSW

Thesis title: Old age support and risk management.

Supervisor: Professor Hazel Bateman

Graduated:  2013, took up a position as a Research Fellow in the Dept. Banking & Finance at the Faculty of Business & Economics, Monash University

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Natalia Garabato

BA Economics (Hons), University of the Republic, Montevideo

Location: School of Economics, The University of New South Wales

Research interests: Pension and retirement economics; financial literacy and retirement planning; ageing.

Thesis title: Pension literacy, present bias and retirement outcomes in Chile.

Supervisor: Professor John Piggott

Co-supervisor: Professor Denzil Fiebig

Graduated: 2015

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Henry Hongbo Jin

MCom UNSW

Location: School of Economics, UNSW

Research interests: Longevity projections using the Lee-Carter method; pension system reform; socially responsible investment from a pension fund perspective.

Thesis title: Financing retirement: Two issues in private risk.

Supervisor: Professor John Piggott

Co-supervisor: A/Professor John Evans

Graduated: 2012, took up a position as a Business Analyst at QBE

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 Cuc Thu Hoang

BA Sociology VNU, MA Population Studies ANU

Location: School of Demography, Australian National University

Research interests: Ageing, gender issues.

Thesis title: The transition in modes of aged care in Vietnam.

Supervisor: A/Professor Heather Booth

Co-supervisors: Dr Iwu Utomo and A/Professor Philip Taylor

Graduated: 2015

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Mydair Hunter

Bch Psych (Hons) Flinders University, DipApp Sc (Nsg) Flinders University

Location: Flinders Centre for Ageing Studies, Department of Psychology, Flinders University

Research interests: Cognitive Ageing; Ageing, wellbeing and sleep; Longitudinal methods

Thesis title: Prospective Memory in the fourth age: Evidence from ALSA Daily Life Time Sampling Study

Supervisor: Professor Mary Luszcz

Co-supervisor: Dr Tim Windsor

Graduated: 2014, took up a position as a Post-doctoral Fellow at Flinders University

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Kim Kiely

BLibStudies (Hons) Syd.

Location: Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, Australian National University

Research interests: Cognitive ageing and cognitive epidemiology, lifespan developmental psychology, age-related sensory loss, processes of healthy and optimal ageing, longevity, longitudinal research methods.

Thesis title: The interplay of cognition and sensory function in late life.

Supervisor: Professor Kaarin Anstey

Co-supervisors: Professor Mary Luszcz and Dr Denis Gerstorf

Graduated: 2013, took up a position as a Post-doc Research Fellow at Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, ANU

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Sarang Kim

BA Melb., PGDip MA Bond

Location: Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, Australian National University

Research interests: Dementia, cross-national comparisons, LGB.

Thesis title: Motivations and barriers to lifestyle and behavioural changes for dementia risk reduction.

Supervisor: Professor Kaarin Anstey

Co-supervisors: Dr Kerry Sargent-Cox and Dr Nicolas Cherbuin

Graduated: 2014, took up a position as a Post-doc Research Fellow at Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, ANU

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Andrew Kingston

Mathematics BSc (Hons), University of Newcastle, Medical Statistics MSc, University of Leicester

Location: University of Newcastle, UK

Research interests: Trajectories of disability in older people; its causes, mechanisms, dynamics and development

Thesis title: Understanding the disablement process in the very old: findings from the Newcastle 85+ study

Supervisor: Professor Carol Jagger

Co-supervisor: Professor Thomas B.L. Kirkwood

Graduated: 2015

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Thomas Lo

M.Ciin.Epi, University of Newcastle

Location: University of Newcastle

Research interests: Arthritis, cost-of-illness, longitudinal studies, health economics, epidemiology

Thesis title: The cost of arthritis associated with health-care utilisation among older women in Australia

Supervisor: Prof. Lynne Parkinson

Co-supervisor: Dr. Michelle Cunich and Prof. Julie Byles

Graduated: 2014, began a Post-doctoral Fellowship at the University of Alberta

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Tazeen Majeed

MPH, University of Newcastle

Location: Department of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle

Research interests: Gender and Health

Thesis title: Life Course Impact of Chronic Diseases on Patterns of Work Force Participation - A Gendered Approach

Supervisor: Prof. Julie Byles

Graduated: 2015

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M. Pilar Rioseco

Licentiate in Psychology Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, MSocRes ANU

Location: School of Demography, Australian National University

Research interests: Social connectedness, social networks and social support; process of retirement; ageing.

Thesis title: The role of social connectedness in the process of retirement.

Supervisor: A/Professor Heather Booth

Co-supervisor: A/Professor Robert Akland and Dr Tim Windsor 

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Saran Sarntisart

BEcon (Hons) Chulalongkorn, MSc MgtEcon Essex, CIFP

Location: Research School of Economics (RSE), the Australian National University (ANU)

Research interests: Social security systems and population ageing

Thesis Title: Religious Giving and Population Ageing

Supervisor: Dr Cagri Kumru

Graduated: 2013, took up a position as a Lecturer at the Thailand National Institute of Development Administration, School of Development Economics

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Adam Wenqiang Shao

BEc (Hons) Beijing International Studies University, PhD UNSW

Location: Faculty of Risk and Actuarial Studies, UNSW

Research interests: Equity release products, idiosyncratic risk in residential property market, longevity risk, risk-based capital levels

Thesis title: Pricing models and risk management of reverse mortgages

Supervisor: Professor Michael Sherris

Graduated: 2014, took up a position as a Research Fellow at CEPAR UNSW node

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Martin Snoke

BEc (Hons) QUT

Location: Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney

Thesis title: Baby boomers retirement planning in turbulent times: The role of financial security

Supervisor: Professor Hal Kendig

Co-supervisor: A/Prof Kate O'Loughlin

Graduated: 2012, took up a position at the Australian Department of Health and Ageing

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Safrina Thristiawati

BA Econ Indonesia, MA Demography ANU, MA Social Policy Syd.

Location: Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, Australian National University

Research interests: Gender, ageing, wellbeing, culture.

Thesis title: Gender and wellbeing of older Indonesians.

Supervisor: Professor Terence Hull

Co-supervisors: A/Professor Heather Booth and Dr Iwu Utomo

Graduated: 2013, took up a position with the IRT Foundation

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Sarah Walker

BA (Hons) Psychology, ANU

Location: Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, Australian National University

Research interests: Adult development and ageing. Driving cessation related issues, coping styles and mental health and wellbeing.

Thesis title: Psychosocial impacts of driving cessation in later life.

Supervisor: Professor Kaarin Anstey

Co-supervisors: Dr Tim Windsor and Dr Jay Brinker

Graduated:  2014, began working as a clinical psychologist

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Jiaying Zhao

BM Fudan, MA ANU

Location: Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, Australian National University

Research interests: Mortality and morbidity transitions among the elderly; the effect of health care systems on mortality and morbidity among the ageing population; comparision of mortality transitions between three Chinese populations and western populations

Thesis title: Transitions in mortality from cardiovascular disease in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei.

Supervisors: Professor Zhongwei Zhao and A/Professor Heather Booth

Graduated: 2013, took up a position as a Post-doc Fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU 

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Red-Cepar-Dot  MASTERS GRADUATES   

Aishwarya Bakshi

Ms Software Engineering, VIT University, Vellore, TN, India

Current degree program: M.Phil

Location: Asia Pacific ubiquitous Healthcare Research Centre (APuHC) - SISTM, ASB, University of New South Wales

Research interests: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for improvement in healthcare (aged care, rural development).

Thesis title: Managing policy compliance in collaborative aged care environments

Graduated: 2013, took up a position at IAG

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 Chwee Chwee von Sanden

BSc (Hons) ANU

Location: Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, Australian National University

Research interests: Ageing well, health epidemiology and longitudinal methods.

Thesis title: Health and labour force participation among older Australians: Investigating the roles of cognitive and sensory functions.

Supervisor: A/Professor Peter Butterworth

Co-supervisor: Professor Kaarin Anstey

Graduated: 2014, took up a position at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Red-Cepar-Dot     HONOURS GRADUATES

Daniel Cho        

Thesis title: Modelling cross-over risk of equity release products and its implication on risk management

Graduated:  2012, Currently employed as an Actuarial Analyst at Mercer

 

Shahin Elliin

Thesis title:  A Trend - Change Extension of the Lee - Carter Model with Applicants to Annuity Pricing

Graduated: 2014, took up a position at Quantium

 

Alexandro Lai

Thesis title: Default option design: An evaluation of default investment strategies for defined contribution pension funds

Graduated:  2013, took up a position at Quantium

 

Yolanda Ruizhu Li

Thesis title:  Perceived Value of Using Superannuation for Purchasing a Family Home

Graduated: 2014, took up a position at ANZ 

 

William Jichen Li

Thesis title: China's Regional Differences in Life Expectancy

Graduated: 2014, currently undertaking a PhD at UNSW 

 

Zixi Tiffany Li

Thesis title:  Modelling Long Term Care Incorporating Systematic Uncertainties in Health Transition Rates

Graduated: 2015, took up a position as an Investment Banking Analyst at UBS in Hong Kong

 

Estelle Changyi Liu

Thesis title:  Evaluation of Dynamic Hedging Strategies for Managing Longevity Risk

Graduated:2014, took up a position at Mine Wealth + Wellbeing

 

Andy Wong

Thesis title: Natural Hedging of Mortality Risk using Annuities and Life Insurance

Graduated: 2012, Took up a position as a Gaduate at CommInsure

 

Zhiwei Qu

Thesis title: Efficiency study of the Australian superannuation industry

Graduated:  2013, took up a position as a Graduate at Deloitte-Access Economics

 

Yu Sun

Thesis title:  Optimal investment consumption under systematic longevity risk

Graduated: 2013, took up a position as a Consultant, Ernst & Young, Actuarial Services - General Insurance

 

Mengyi Xu

Thesis title:  Modelling the mortality of heterogeneous populations

Graduated: 2013, took up a PhD at UNSW

 

James Yap

Thesis title:  Australian disability trends and projections

Graduated: 2013, Took up a Masters of Actuarial Studies at UNSW


Qiming Zhao

Thesis title: Stochastic Phase-type Multiple State Models for Health and Mortality Risks

Graduated: 2012, Currently completing a law degree at UNSW and working as a Research Assisstant at CEPAR