Samuèle Remillard-Boilard

Title: Developing age-friendly cities: a cross-national perspective

PhD summary

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.


September 2015- September 2018


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

Institution name

The University of Manchester


  • Prof Chris Phillipson, The University of Manchester
  • Dr Tine Buffel, The University of Manchester

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Before coming to Manchester, Samuèle completed a bachelor’s degree in Applied Political Science (with a concentration in international relations) and a master’s degree in Social Work at the Université de Sherbrooke (Canada). She also worked as a research assistant for the Age-Friendly City Quebec research team (Research Centre on Aging, CSSS-IUGS)  


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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