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MICRA staff participate in conference on global ageing

(17 August 2017)

Last month colleagues from the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) had a significant presence at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) conference, where over 6,000 professionals in gerontology and geriatrics discussed global aging and health.

Professor Chris Phillipson delivered a keynote address entitled ‘Developing a Political Economy of Ageing: New Approaches to Social Justice and Inequality’, and Dr Tine Buffel chaired the Presidential Symposium on collaborative urbanism and coproduction: global perspectives on building
age-friendly communities. The symposium looked to develop a new framework for analysing opportunities and barriers to implementing the age friendly model in a variety of urban contexts in North America and Europe.

Tine and Chris also presented their paper on co-defining goals of age-friendly efforts with older co-researchers, which focuses on older people as co-researchers in developing age-friendly communities in Manchester.

Professor Debbie Price, Director at MICRA, said: “The World Congress of the International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology is held every four years and is the most important gathering of researchers in ageing across all disciplines. It is an incredibly stimulating event, showcasing the cutting edge of ageing research across the globe. It was great to see MICRA’s world-leading research given prominence at the conference, with Chris Philipson’s keynote address on Social Justice and Inequality and Tine Buffel’s work on global perspectives on creating age friendly communities selected as a Presidential Symposium. We were represented across the social sciences, biology and medicine, showing the strength and breadth of ageing research at Manchester.”

Also showed at the event were an array of papers and posters showcasing ageing research across a number of Humanities disciplines:

  • Professor James Nazroo presented research results on ‘Paid Work in Later Life in China and Australia: Evidence from CHARLS and HILDA’;
  • Dr Tine Buffel, Professor James Nazroo, and Dr Jenn Prattley presented their work on ‘Individual and Area Influences on the Development of Social Exclusion Among Urban Elders’;
  • Professor Chris Phillipson and Amanda Grenier presented two papers reflecting their work on precarious ageing and the lifecourse;
  • Professor Debora Price presented a paper on ‘Autonomy, Identity and Ageing: Household Money and Later Life’. She also presented two posters on Wellbeing, Health, Retirement and the Lifecourse.

You can find out more about MICRA and its research on its website.