Bibhusha Karki

Title: Co-development of a digital activity programme for older people from minority ethnic communities

PhD summary

Even though digital technology is making advances there are issues of health inequality because of various factors such as age, ethnicity, poverty, geography, culture, environment, social, economic and physical factors influence a person’s ability to get access to digital heath interventions.

This research will explore the how these factors affect the use of digital health intervention (Keep-On-Keep-Up app) and adapt it to be accessible and usable for older adults in South Asian communities


September 2022 - September 2025


Tuition+ Stipend 

Institution name

The Dunhill Medical Trust, The University of Manchester, and the National Institute for Health and Care Research's (NIHR) Older People and Frailty Policy Research Unit (PRU) and Applied Research Collaboration – Greater Manchester (ARC-GM).


  • Professor Emma Stanmore
  • Professor Charlotte Eost-Telling
  • Dr Alessandro Bosco

Discipline area

Health Equity, Healthy Active Ageing, Health Innovation Public Policy 

Short biography 

Bibhusha Karki earned her Master’s in Development Practice in International Development and a minor in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota, USA. Before coming to Manchester, she worked with non-profits, U.S. local health departments, and large international organizations such as the U.S. Agency for International Development on maternal and child health, governance, education, agriculture, and health equity. She is passionate about improving health outcomes and equity by improving access to resources through research, representation, and innovation. She hopes to use her interdisciplinary background to create an active and inclusive quality of life for the aging population. As a first-generation immigrant, first generation-student, and a woman of colour with a disability, she hopes to create systems of belonging.


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