Arokiasamy Perianayagam

Arokiasamy Perianayagam


Arokiasamy Perianayagam is a  Professor at NCAER leading research programmes in the area of health and health economics.

He has been a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Policy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, and before that, he was Professor and Head of the Department of Studies at the International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai where he served as faculty for over three decades. His subject areas of teaching and research expertise cover demography, public health and health economics, ageing, and global health, development studies and large-scale health survey research. He has supervised 23 PhD research students, published over 100 research papers in top-rated international peer-reviewed journals in the subject areas of demography, public health, epidemiology, and social sciences. As the lead Principal Investigator, he directed several nationwide surveys and pioneering research studies.

He has served as a member of different ministries (MoHFW, MoSJE, ICMR, NITI Aayog), INSA, US-NAS, SNSF, UK-NSO and many national and international collaborative consortium. He was also advisor/international consultant in institutions such as WHO, UNFPA, HSPH, University of Southern California etc. He was educated at the University of Madras, Annamalai University and received postdoctoral research training at the London School of Economics (LSE).

Journal | Scientific Reports
“Socioeconomic differences in handgrip strength and its association with measures of intrinsic capacity among older adults in six middle-income countries”
Arokiasamy  Perianayagam  | Selvamani Y | Jotheeswaran AT | Sadana R

Report | Springer & The World Health Organization
“Global Burden of Diabetes Mellitus”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam | Supriya Salvi | Y. Selvamani

Report | India International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai.
“Global Ageing and Adult Health”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam | T.V. Sekhar | H. Lhungdim | M. Muralidhar | Archana Roy

Journal | BMC Geriatrics
“Association of life course socioeconomic status and adult height with cognitive functioning of older adults in India and China”
Arokiasamy  Perianayagam | Selvamani Y.

Article | The Lancet
“Tracking development assistance for health and for COVID-19: a review of development assistance, government, out-of-pocket, and other private spending on health for 204 countries and territories, 1990–2050”
Arokiasamy  Perianayagam | AE Micah | IE Cogswell | B Cunningham| S Ezo

Article | The Lancet
“Measuring routine childhood vaccination coverage in 204 countries and territories, 1980–2019: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2020, Release 1”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam

Journal | British Medical Journal
“Pandemic lessons from India: inappropriate prioritisation for vaccination”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam | Peter Lloyd-Sherlock P | Kandiyil NM | McKee M | Venkatapuram S | Pathare S | Guntupali AM | Kumar K R | Ghosh S

Journal |American College of Cardiology
“Global Burden of Cardiovascular Diseases and Risk Factors, 1990-2019: Update from the GBD 2017 Study”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam | Roth | Gregory A | Mensah, George A | Johnson | Catherine O

Journal |Comparative Population Studies
“Mortality Compression and Variability in Age at Death in India”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam | Suryakant Yadav

Journal | Journal of Substance Use
“Identifying stages of smoke and smokeless tobacco cessation among adults in India: an application of transtheoretical model
Arokiasamy Perianayagam | Balram Rai

Journal | Biodemography and Social Biology
“Methodological considerations in designing and implementing the harmonized diagnostic assessment of dementia for the longitudinal aging study in India (LASI–DAD)”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam |  Joyita Banerjee |  Urvashi Jain | Pranali Khobragade | David E. Bloom |  A B Dey | Jinkook Lee
2019 (2020)

Report | Springer
“Longitudinal Ageing Study in India”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam | David Bloom | Jinkkok Lee | T.V. Sekhar | S.K. Mohanty | A. Agarwal

Journal | The Lancet Planetary Health
“Health and Economic Impact of Air Pollution in the states of India: The Global Burden of Disease Study 2019”
Arokiasamy  Perianayagam | Ananaya Pandey | Lalit Dando

Journal | British Journal of Visual Impairment
“Illustrative Effects of Social Capital on Health and Quality of Life among Older Adults in India: Results from WHO-SAGE India”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam | H Himanshu |  BedangaTalukdar | Selva Mani

Journal | Journal of Population Ageing
“Patterns of Frailty and Quality of Life among Older Adults: Comparative Analysis Using SAGE States of India”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam | Mamta Chaudhary

Journal | American Journal of Human Biology
“Some benefits of a longer lifespan: Households with grandparents provide economic and health benefits for parents”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam | AM DeLouize | G Eick | E Thiele | W Fan | Y Guo | Z Yang | Y Lu | A Salinas Rodriguez | BS Manrique-Espinoza | R Robledo | S Villalpando | R Biritwum | T Maximova | N Refilwe Phaswana-Mafuya | K Peltzer | P Kowal | N Naidoo |S Chatterji | JJ Snodgrass

Journal |The Lancet Global Health
“India’s escalating burden of non-communicable diseases: Commentary on India Diseases”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam

Report | India Report. International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)
“Longitudinal Ageing Study in India (LASI)”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam | DE. Bloom | J Lee | T V Sekher | S K Mohanty | D A Nagdeve | A Chattopadhyay | Dipti Govil | S Pedgaonkar

Journal |The British Journal of Psychiatry
“Exposure to air pollution and tobacco smoking and their combined effects on depression in six low- and middle-income countries”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam | Hualiang Lin | YanfeiGuo | Paul Kowal | Collins O. Airhihenbuwa | Qian Di |Yang Zheng | Xing Zhao | Michael G. Vaughn | Steven Howard | Mario Schootman  | Aaron Salinas-Rodriguez  | Alfred E. Yawson | Betty Soledad Manrique-Espinoza | Richard B. Biritwum | Stephen P. Rule | Nadia Minicuci | Nirmala Naidoo | Somnath Chatterji | Zhengmin (Min) Qian | Wenjun Ma | Fan Wu

Journal | American Journal of Human Biology
“Food insecurity partially mediates associations between social disadvantage and body composition among older adults in India: Results from the study of global Ageing and adult health (SAGE)”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam | Joshua M Schrock | Heather H McClure | J Josh Snodgrass | Melissa A Liebert | Karen E Charlton | Nirmala Naidoo | Paul Kowal

Journal | The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
“Household air pollution and lung function in Indian adults: a cross-sectional study”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam | M. Dave | A. S. Ahankari | P. R. Myles | Uttamacharya | P. Khobragade | K. Mortimer | A. W. Fogarty

Journal | Front Public Health
“Rising Health Expenditure Due to Non-Communicable Diseases in India: An Outlook”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam | Debasis Barik

Journal | American Journal of Epidemiology
“Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases in Six Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Findings from WHO’s Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE) wave 1”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam  | Kowal P | Capistrant, B. D.| Gildner T. E.| Thiele,  E. | Biritwum, R.B | Chatterji S

Journal | National Library of Medicine
“Sibling- and Family-Level Clustering of Underweight Children in Northern India”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam | Abhishek Singh

Journal | Economic & Political Weekly
“Biological Markers and the Health of Older Indians: Results from the 2010 LASI Pilot”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam | David Bloom | Jinkook Lee | Jennifer O’Berion | Sulabha Parasuraman | Uttamacharya

Journal | BMC Medicine
“The impact of multimorbidity on adult physical and mental health in low- and middle-income countries: what does the Study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE) reveal?”
Perianayagam Arokiasamy| Uttamacharya Uttamacharya| Kshipra Jain| Richard Berko Biritwum|Alfred Edwin Yawson|Fan Wu|Yanfei Guo|Tamara Maximova|Betty Manrique Espinoza|Aarón Salinas Rodríguez|Sara Afshar|Sanghamitra Pati|Gillian Ice|Sube Banerjee|Melissa A. Liebert|James Josh Snodgrass|Nirmala Naidoo| Somnath Chatterji |Paul Kowal

Journal | BMC Medicine
“Prevalence, risk factors and disability associated with fall-related injury in older adults in low- and middle-income countries: results from the WHO Study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE)”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam  | Jennifer Stewart Williams | Paul Kowal | Heather Hestekin |Tristan O’Driscoll | Karl Peltzer | Alfred Yawson | Richard Biritwum | Tamara Maximova  | Aarón Salinas Rodríguez | Betty Manrique Espinoza | Fan Wu | Somnath Chatterji

Journal | The Lancet
 “Multimorbidity: health care that counts “past one”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam | P. Kowal | Sangamitra Pati

Journal | National Research Council (US)
“Markers and Drivers: Cardiovascular Health of Middle-Aged and Older Indians”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam | Jinkook Lee| Amitabh Chandra | Peifeng Hu | Jenny Liu | Kevin Feeney

Report | National Research Council of the National Academies (US), The National Academy Press
“Longitudinal Ageing Study in India (LASI): Vision, Design, Implementation and Preliminary findings”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam | David Bloom | Jinkook Lee | Kevin Feeney | Marija Ozolins

Working Paper | The National Academy Press,Washington
“Aging, Health and Chronic Conditions in China and India: Results from the Multinational Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health”
Arokiasamy Perianayagam | Paul Kowal, Sharon Williams| Yong Jiang | Wu Fan| Somnath Chatterji


  • Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, 1999-2000
  • Ph.D. Population Studies, Annamalai University (1992)
  • M.A. Population Studies, Annamalai University (1983)
  • B.Sc. Mathematics, University of Madras (1980)

Work Experience

  • 2021 – Present: Professor, NCAER
  • 2021 – Present: Visiting Professor, Centre for Policy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay.
  • 2008-2020: Professor and Head, Department of Development Studies, International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai