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April 2016

SoSS researchers win funding grants for research on ageing

(15 April 2016)

Dr Tine Buffel: £270,000 grant under the ESRC Future Leaders Scheme to support a cross-national study of issues relating to social exclusion and older people.

By 2030, two thirds of the world's population will reside in cities, with at least one quarter of their populations aged 60 and over (for urban areas in high income countries).

The research, to be carried out in Brussels, Dublin and Manchester, will explore some of the factors limiting older people’s involvement in mainstream social institutions, and will use an original research design to identify new policies and practices for challenging social exclusion in European cities. It will break new ground, both in the development of a conceptual framework for understanding social exclusion in old age in urban settings, and in providing the knowledge necessary for addressing a priority area in social policy.

Dr Bram Vanhoutte: three-year Simon Research Fellowship to investigate Resilience in Ageing.

Ageing is normally associated with losses in health, partnership and wealth, but some people manage to limit the impact of these events on their wellbeing substantially. In a context of population ageing with scarce public resources, the issue of coping with adverse aspects of ageing becomes even more important. This project will characterise, explore and explain the heterogeneous experiences in ageing among older adults living in England and the US. It will deliver tangible and relevant input to policy and practice development focused on managing the challenges of ageing by working closely with local policy-makers (Manchester City Council), stakeholders (older people), and policy partners (ILC UK, Age UK).

Bram Vanhoutte is affiliated with the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMIST) and the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) and Sociology.