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Population change and ageing

Research from the Manchester Institute for Collaboration on Ageing.

Prof Chris Phillipson directs the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA). He also leads an ESRC-funded network exploring  the impact of population ageing on urban society.

Researching Age-Friendly Communities

This work is also linked with the research of Dr Tine Buffel (Marie Curie Intra-European Research Fellow) who is studying the impact of neighbourhood change on older people in three areas of Manchester.

The project builds on a key principle developed by the WHO: the idea of prioritising the role of older people in developing research and action plans to improve the ‘age-friendliness’ of their neighbourhood.

Researching Age-Friendly Cities (2015) - full film


Frailty, Resilience And Inequality in Later Life

Research on ageing also includes the fRaill project, involving Prof Tarani Chandola and Prof James Nazroo, which sets out to provide an integrated understanding of processes which lead to positive and negative outcomes in later life in the context of social inequalities.

Population research impact case study

Realising the potential of age-friendly cities will require major initiatives at national and local government level – (and the) direct involvement of older people themselves.

Prof Chris Phillipson / Professor of Sociology and Social Gerontology, Executive Director MICRA