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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

What makes an age-friendly city?

This seminar formed part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science and was brought to you by MICRA, Age-Friendly Manchester and Cities@manchester

Friday 13 November 2015

This was a one day seminar exploring the ways in which urban and city environments can contribute to ‘healthy’ and ‘active’ ageing.

The aim of the day’s events was to illustrate how social science research can contribute to creating age-friendly urban environments from the perspective of older people, policy makers and businesses. We brought together researchers from a range of disciplines, such as urban sociology, social gerontology, urban planning and architecture, policy makers and representatives of older people’s groups and businesses to present and discuss findings from the most up-to-date research.


  • Professor Chris Phillipson, Social Gerontology and Sociology, The University of Manchester
  • Dr Martin Hyde, Sociology, The University of Manchester
  • An-Sofie Smetcoren, Belgian Ageing Studies, Free University Brussels
  • Dr Sophie Handler, Research and Planning Officer (Age-friendly Cities), University of Manchester/ Manchester City Council and Chair of the RIBA working group on Research and Ageing
  • Professor Geoff Green, Emeritus professor of urban policy, the Centre for Health and Social Care Research, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Paul McGarry, Age-friendly Manchester Team, Manchester City Council
  • Co-researchers, the Manchester Ageing Study
  • Chris Ricard, Whalley Range Community Forum and Age-Friendly Whalley Range Steering Group
  • Cathy Ayrton, Southway Housing
  • Andrea Winn, Curator of Community Exhibitions, The Manchester Museum
  • John Hannen, Programme Manager (Ambition for Ageing)


Full details on the event can be found below: