Challenges and Opportunities of Population ageing in social policy and well-being of older population

Professor Asghar Zaidi, PhD
University of Southampton and London School of Economics, UK
Asghar Zaidi is Professor in International Social Policy at University of Southampton, UK, where his research spans active and healthy ageing, the well-being of older people and persons with disabilities, and dynamic microsimulation modelling. He completed his PhD in Economics from University of Oxford, UK, in 2006. Since 2012, he has led the research work of the AAI Project. In collaboration with HelpAge International, he developed the Global AgeWatch Index, the first ever index to measure the well-being of older people on a worldwide scale.  Most recently, he has developed the Well-being in Later Life (WILL) Index for the UK, working alongside the British charity Age UK London. Visiting Professor at London School of Economics and an adjunct Professor at the JC Institute of Ageing, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Dr. Zaidi was previously Senior Economist at the OECD in Paris. He has also served as an economic adviser for the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions and as Research Officer at the London School of Economics and University of Oxford. An expert advisor to WHO’s Centre for Health Development in Japan, he advised in developing indicators for the Age-friendly Cities.

The workshop will discuss challenges and opportunities linked with population ageing and in promoting wellbeing of older population. It will present key findings of the Global AgeWatch Index and discuss how to use it as a measure of comparative analysis of older people’s wellbeing for the Islamic Republic of IRAN and other countries in the MENA region. As with most countries across the globe, the Islamic Republic of Iran is also experiencing the population ageing phenomenon. The population of those aged 60+ is projected to increase from approximately 9.5% (7.6 million) in 2015 to nearly 35% by 2050. Recognizing population ageing as an emerging issue, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Country Office Tehran has established a partnership with the Secretariat of the National Council of the Elderly (SNCE) to develop a national strategic plan for the elderly. This plan includes collecting new data on health and welfare of older population in Iran.  

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 10 am

Research Institute for Science, Technology, and Industrial Policy, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran


Data-Driven Health Policy Making

Dr Somayeh Sadat
Somayeh Sadat received her Ph.D degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Toronto at 2009. She works as a national facilitator in World Health Organization (WHO)’s Training of Trainers (TOT) Hospital Management Course on Supply Chain Management and Logistics In collaboration with Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education.She holds a Bsc in Industrial Engineering from Sharif University of technology and a Msc of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from University of Toronto. Now, she works as a faculty member of  Health Systems Engineering group at the department of Industrial Engineering and Systems of Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran. Her research interests include Health Sector Strategy and Organization, Evidence-based policy analysis, Performance measure and system dynamics. She has participated in development of many data-driven interactive decision making tools to support planning in cancer care, renal care and surgical wait time management in Canada. She also collaborates with “Applied Clinical Informatics” and “Health Care Management Science” as a journal referee.

Health systems around the globe have implemented information technology solutions to support various levels of decision making. An intentional or a by-product of these solutions is vast amounts of health system data that shed light on demand drivers and supply of various health services over time. There is now an opportunity to leverage collected data and perform end-to-end big data analytics to inform decisions around improving health system performance at the strategic level. In this workshop, real examples of developed evidence-based decision support tools that informed strategic capacity planning decisions in orthopedic, renal and cancer care in the Canadian province of Ontario are presented. Furthermore, best practices in building data analytics teams and managing analytics projects are discussed using examples from the speaker’s own experience in founding a successful analytics team in a large governmental organization in Canada.


Legitimation issues of international challenges in water supply and security, environment, Oil and Gas Resources

Dr Sergei Vinogradov
Senior Lecturer at Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), Dundee University, Scotland
Director of LLM program

Legitimation issues of international challenges in water, environment, Oil and Gas Resources and security is going to be discussed in multi workshops:
the First workshop titled International Law of Oil and Gas Resources and Energy Security”.

The mainobjective of the course is to provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts and specific legal and jurisdictional issues in the field of international and transboundary natural resources. The emphasis is on ensuring a proper understanding of the existing legal mechanisms and regimes applicable to the exploration and of various energy resources and resource-related activities.

Second workshop topic is “International Law of Water Resources and Security”. The main objective of the course is to provide an overview of global, regional and interstate legal instruments, arrangements and regimes governing international river basins and related water resources. The module will address key legal issues that arise in the context of exploitation and protection of such watercourses, including equitable and sustainable use and dispute avoidance and resolution.

The last one named “International Environmental Law”

The main objective of this module is to introduce the basic concepts, principles and mechanisms of environmental protection, both international and national, and specific legal instruments (international agreements, national laws and regulations, and “soft law” guidelines) which apply to states and companies involved in the extraction of mineral resources and production of energy.   

Sharif University of technology

Time: to be announced!


Regulatory choices in Climate policies

Prof Dr Marjan Peeters
Professor of Environmental Policy & Law, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

This workshop will discuss current developments in theory and practice with regard to the design, adoption and application of regulatory instruments for reducing greenhouse gases. The workshop takes a multilevel approach, and covers choices at international and national level. Specific attention will go to regulatory choices made by the European Union, since EU-law strives for a relatively high ambition for reducing greenhouse gases compared to several other jurisdictions. Particularly the use of market-based regulation, by means of the emissions trading instrument, will be discussed. Also the role of the courts for assessing the choice and application of regulatory instruments will be highlighted, with a focus on recent case law, not only with regard to the emissions trading instrument, but also with respect to regulations promoting renewable energy.

January 2nd, 2018

Sharif University of Technology


Using Behavioral Economics for Public Policy

Dr. Narges Hajimoladarvish
Ph.D of Economics, University of Leicester
Post-doctoral researcher, Alzahra University
Faculty of Social Sciences & Economics, Alzahra University

In this workshop, we investigate some behavioral decision theories and their applications for public policy. With limited resources and long term consequences of choices, it is vital to better understand decision making under the spirit of new behavioral models. This is important as paying attention to how individuals make decisions and how the context effect their choices can improve the design and implementation of policies targeting human choice.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

8:30 AM – 13:00 PM


Dynamic Simulation Modeling for Policy Analysis: the Case of Traffic in Tehran

Dr. Mohammad Jalali
Research faculty at 
MIT Sloan School of Management
Mohammad Jalali (MJ) is a research faculty at MIT Sloan School of Management. He received his PhD and MS in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. MJ is interested in the applications of dynamic modeling for complex sociotechnical problems, as well as simulation and model estimation methodologies. His work has been featured by various national and international media outlets, including Associated Press, Newsweek, and Business Insider. He is the recipient of the 2015 Dana Meadows Award, the 2015 WINFORMS Excellence Award, and the 2014 Lupina Young Researcher Award. MJ is a former consultant at the World Bank and a former researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy. As a major research goal, he focuses his simulation modeling work on mechanisms that connect human decision making to technological and economic systems, because that is where many important policy-resistant problems lie.

Why do many public policies fail to produce lasting results or create results counter to their goals? In this workshop, we use system dynamics modeling to analyze the effects, and unintended consequences, of public policies over the long time. Working together, we build a simulation model based on traffic management in Tehran, calibrate the model to historical data, and use it for policy analysis.

Monday, December 18, 2017
8:30 AM – 13:00 PM

Sharif University of Technology


Planning and Operation of Combined Gas and Electricity Networks: techno-economic benefits and regulatory challenges

Dr. Meysam Qadrdan
Lecturer in Energy Networks and Systems, Institute of Energy, Cardiff University
Researcher of the Infrastructure Transition research Consortium (ITRC) project, UK
Researcher of the Whole System Energy Modelling consortium (WholeSEM) project
Meysam Qadrdan is a Lecturer in Energy Networks and Systems at Cardiff University. Before starting his current role in January 2015, he spent one year at Imperial College and two years at Cardiff University as Research Associate. Meysam Qadrdan obtained his PhD from Cardiff University, UK (2012), MSc in Energy Systems Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran (2008) and BSc in Physics from Ferdowsi University, Iran (2005). He also worked as an Energy Consultant for two years prior moving to Cardiff to pursue his PhD degree.
His research area covers expansion and operational planning of interdependent energy networks at different scales from community to national and international level. Meysam Qadrdan develops optimisation and simulation modelling tool to investigate:
Optimal generation scheduling under wind forecast uncertainty
Interactions between gas, electricity and heat supply systems
Expansion planning of energy infrastructure under uncertainty
The role of gas networks in transitioning to low carbon energy systems

Meysam has been involved in a number of high profile research projects looking at modelling and analysis of integrated energy supply and demand such as UK Infrastructure Transition research Consortium (ITRC) and Whole System Energy Modelling consortium (WholeSEM). He has published more than 20 papers in international journals and conferences. He also co-authored a book chapter entitled “Energy Supply and Demand” which is a chapter of the book “The Future of National Infrastructure”, published by Cambridge University Press.

Planning and operation of gas and electricity networks conventionally have been carried out independently due to the fragmented market and regulatory arrangements. However, in a generation mix with a large share of gas-fired power plants, availability of gas (indigenous and/or imported) and its price have strong security of supply and cost implications in the power system. Therefore, adopting an approach for coordinated planning and operation of gas and electricity networks can lead to lower overall costs and improving security of supply. In this workshop technical and economic benefits, as well as market and regulatory challenges associated with implementing an approach for planning and operation of combined gas and electricity networks will be discussed for GB and Iran as two case studies.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Research Institute for Science, Technology, and Industrial Policy, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran