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Samuele Remillard-Boilard

Thesis working title - 'Developing Age-Friendly Cities: A cross-national perspective'


The development of what has been termed 'age-friendly' cities has become an important concern for ageing and social policy. Starting with 33 participating in 2006, the membership of the World Health Organisation Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities has expanded to 380 cities and 11 affiliated programmes (2017 figures), covering a total of 134 million people worldwide. Despite a growing interest to study the age-friendly movement around the world, few studies have been built in a cross-national perspective. This research proposes to address this gap by comparing the development of age-friendly policies and initiatives in three major urban centres – in Canada and Europe.

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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship)
The University of Manchester (Overseas Research Scholarship)
Manchester City Council


MA Social Work, Université de Sherbrooke (Canada)

BA Applied Political Science, Université de Sherbrooke (Canada).


  • Garon, S., Veil, A., Paris, M. & Remillard-Boilard, S. (2016). How Can a Research Program Enhance a Policy? AFC-Quebec Governance and Evaluation Opportunities. In T. Moulaert & S. Garon (Eds.), Age-Friendly Cities and Communities in International Comparison. Political Lessons, Scientific Avenues, and Democratic Issues (pp.99-120). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
  • Buffel, T., Remillard-Boilard, S. & Phillipson, C. (2015). Social isolation among older people in urban areas: a review of the literature for the Ambition for Ageing programme in Greater Manchester. Manchester: University of Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing.

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