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Sally Keeling image 2021

BA(hons) PhD(Otago)


Current and Previous Roles

  • Senior Lecturer
  • President, New Zealand Association of Gerontology, Canterbury Branch
  • 2007-2009, Director, New Zealand Institute for Research on Ageing, Victoria University of Wellington (
  • Investigator/adviser, Ageing Well NSC project

Research Interests

  • Social context of ageing in NZ
  • Comprehensive geriatric assessment
  • Service developments in Older Person's Health
  • Medical anthropology
  • Anthropology of ageing
  • Public Policy and Ageing in New Zealand


Abey-Nesbit, R., Bergler, H. U., Keeling, S., Gillon, D., Bullmore, I., Schluter, P. J., & Jamieson, H. (2024). A multistate transition model of changes in loneliness and carer stress among community-dwelling older adults in Aotearoa New Zealand. Australasian Journal on Ageing. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ajag.13280 Journal - Research Article

Curl, A., Annear, M., Keeling, S., & Hackett, G. (2023). Building back better: Do post-earthquake neighborhoods promote active aging? A long-term audit analysis in Christchurch, New Zealand. Journal of Aging & Environment, 37(3), 255-276. doi: 10.1080/26892618.2022.2071373 Journal - Research Article

Schluter, P. J., Abey-Nesbit, R., Ahuriri-Driscoll, A., Bergler, H. U., Broadbent, J. C., Glanville, M., Keeling, S., & Jamieson, H. A. (2022). Carer distress among community living older adults with complex needs in the pre- and post-COVID-19 era: A national population study. Scientific Reports, 12, 19697. doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-24073-0 Journal - Research Article

Watkins, A., Curl, A., Pocock, T., Gilden, J., & Keeling, S. (2020). Assessing the microscale geography of outdoor falls among older adults using virtual audits. Proceedings of the New Zealand Geographical Society (NZGS) Biennial Conference. (pp. 107). Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Lapsley, H., Hayman, K. J., Muru-Lanning, M. L., Moyes, S. A., Keeling, S., Edlin, R., & Kerse, N. (2020). Caregiving, ethnicity and gender in Māori and non-Māori New Zealanders of advanced age: Findings from LiLACS NZ Kaiāwhina (Love and Support) study. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 39, e1-e8. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12671 Journal - Research Article

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