Interdisciplinary thinking at the MICRA Ageing and Older Age Conference

Posted Posted in Age-Friendly Cities, Conferences

Grey, rainy and chilly: the morning of Thursday 13 June appeared to be an average Mancunian day. However, as many others set off to work under the dismal grey skies, it was anything but an ordinary day for the 100-or-so delegates from across the UK and further afield who took their seats at The University of Manchester for the first […]

Beyond ‘Older Age’: A Photo and Story Collection to Illuminate the Individual

Posted Posted in Age-Friendly Cities, Policy, Research Output

Older people in our region We need to understand older age in a more nuanced way.  This is the principal message of ‘Place, Belonging, Manchester’, a photo and story collection created by myself and participants, which will be exhibited at the Festival of Ageing 2018. People have different histories, hobbies and hopes.  Whilst there are some common aspects, older people […]

Creating, Messing, Playing: Thinking Form in Newcastle

Posted Posted in Geography, Workshops

by Amy Barron and Ben Knight How do art and geography intersect?  Thinking through this question was the task of Interrogating Form: Creative and Cultural Participatory Practice, a workshop held by Newcastle University on Tuesday 11th June. Indeed, there were lots of sub-questions within this broader focus.  What is the value of using an arts-based approach?  How might we incorporate discussion surrounding the […]

Reflections on the RGS-IBG Mid-Term Conference

Posted Posted in Conferences, Geography

As I rest my weary traveller’s legs, it is with great pleasure that I can finally sit still and reflect on my experiences of what has been an interesting, fruitful and thoroughly enjoyable RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-Term Conference in the stunning surroundings of Royal Holloway University. Three sweltering days packed to the rafters with networking events, workshops, presentations and posters […]

Checklists alone cannot create age-friendly places: lived experiences matter

Posted Posted in Age-Friendly Cities, Policy

Age-Friendly Cities aspire to create an inclusive and accessible environment for all, where “policies, services and structures related to the physical and social environment are designed to support and enable older people to ‘age actively’” (WHO, 2007). Closely aligned with ideas for the creation of liveable, sustainable and harmonious cities, it was the World Health Organisation (WHO) that first suggested […]