Jacob John Kattakayam

Emeritus Professor University of Kerala, Trivandrum Vice President

Prof. Jacob John Kattakayam is Professor Emeritus at the University of Kerala, Immediate Past President of the Indian Sociological Society & Hon. Director, Centre for Gerentological Studies. He was the Director-cum-Professor of the UGC Academic Staff College, University of Kerala, for over 12 years and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences. He was member of the ICSSR (2005-2008), Secretary of the Indian Sociological Society for two terms (2001-2005), and Visitor’s nominee to the Faculty of Education, University of Delhi (2007-2010). He has produced 33 Ph.D.s and is supervising 10 Ph.D. students. He has served as Visiting Professor at University of Southern California, U.S.A 2004, and Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA, during Spring 2003. He has also served as visiting faculty in the Morgan State University, USA, in 1987 and Duke University, North Carolina, USA (1998) and has visited several Universities in USA, Canada, Europe, South America, Australia, Africa and Asia and delivered lectures. He has presented papers and chaired sessions at the 18th World Congress of Sociology Yokohama, Japan, International Federation of Ageing Workshop, Istanbul(2013), 20th World Congress of Gerontology, Seoul (2013),World Forum of the International Rural Network, Whyalla, Australia (2012), 17th World Congress of Sociology, Sweden (2010), 6th Asia-Pacific Social Sciences and Medicine Conference, Kunming, China (2002), 5th Global Conference on Ageing, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2000), XVI World Congress of Gerontology, Adelaide, Australia (1997), and XII World Congress of Sociology, Bielefeld, Germany (1994). He has also presented papers at the 18th World Congress of Gerontology, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2005), 4th International Conference on Rural Networking, Abingdon Virginia, USA (2005), 5th International Conference of Association of Anthropology and Gerontology (AAGE), University of Texas, Austin, USA (2005), 17th World Congress of Gerontology, Vancouver, Canada (2001), Global Conference of the International Federation of Aging in Durban, South Africa (1997) and 11th World Congress of Sociology in Madrid, Spain (1990). He was selected by the UNFPA to attend an international workshop on Social Gerontology in Malta (1993) and an international workshop on Health Expectancy at Nihon University, Tokyo (1999). The Ministry of Human Resource Development at the invitation of the South African Government nominated him to present the country paper at the academic seminar held in connection with IBSA Summit in Johannasberug, Oct. 15 – 17, 2007. He has authored four books, edited four, and is Series Editor for the seven Diamond Jubilee Volumes of the Indian Sociological Society. He was re-elected to the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association, RC11, and to the Board of Directors of the International Rural Network (IRN), Canada. Recently he has attended the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing at the UN headquarters, Newyork and addressed the UN General Assembly. He has also Presented Paper at the International Conference organized by the ISA-RC11 on Aging Families at Syracuse University, USA.

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