MUARG holds 'Ageing in Place' launch event
On 13 July, MUARG held an online event to celebrate the launch of their new five-year research project on Population Ageing and Urbanisation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on ‘Ageing in Place’ .
The event featured three experts on urban ageing in discussion of some of the latest research on developing ‘age-friendly cities’.
The presentations explored the challenges involved in meeting the needs of more diverse ageing populations in cities, facing a variety of cultural, economic and social pressures.
Introduction: ‘co-producing Spatial Justice With Older People’
Dr Tine Buffel, Director of Manchester Urban Ageing Research Group, University of Manchester
Tine Buffel provided an overview of the latest research by the Manchester Urban Ageing Research group, demonstrating how this work contributes to creating ‘spatial justice’ by working in partnership with older people, community organisations and local government.
Keynote: ‘Challenging Inequalities In Age-friendly Practice: Alternative Approaches To Community Collaboration’
Prof. Emily Greenfield, School of Social Work at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Emily Greenfield described the potential of integrating theories of community collaboration within age-friendly policy and practice to make progress toward the movement’s growing aspirational emphasis on equity in health and ageing.
Discussant: ‘Implementing Age-friendly Policies In Greater Manchester: Strategies, Challenges And Reflections’
Paul McGarry, Assistant Director of the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Paul McGarry demonstrated the potential for stimulating strategic age-friendly policy approaches at a local and regional level whilst highlighting the pressures facing urban authorities at a time of economic austerity.
During the launch, Tine mentioned a 2-question survey that will help shape the Ageing in Place in Cities project. Please share your thoughts and feel free to share the survey with others.
For more information about the Manchester Urban Ageing Research Group and their latest work, see:
- The MUARG website
- The Ageing in Place in Cities project video
- Follow us on Twitter: @MUARG1
- Read our report on Covid-19 and Social Exclusion