Ageing Population & Life Course Trajectories: MICRA PhD & Early Career Conference

This PhD and early career researcher conference aims to showcase the range of research among postgraduate and early career researchers from across disciplines taking ageing as its focus.

We feature presentations from researchers interested in and working on ageing and older age from all disciplines and schools.

The ageing population has been rapidly increasing its number all around the world. Since then, multiple disciplines have been trying to achieve insights into it. Yet frequently, studies were only conducted in one area with little consideration for the transitions or patterns over time. In this context, the search for understanding it in a longitudinal perspective is essential.

This conference aim is to create a space to share research about the ageing population and life course trajectories, considering the diversity of disciplines and perspectives available. It aims to welcome and foster research trying to understand ageing populations and demographic change, active ageing in place, health and wellbeing, age stratification and inequalities in later life.

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  • Opening of the conference by the organisers. Co-Chairs of MICRA PhD and early career conference Francisca OrtizRuiz from the University of Manchester and Louise Mitchell from the University of Salford. 
  • Siobhan Kelly, The University of Salford: Commercialisation in the community: the lived experiences of older volunteers in the charity retail sector (presentation slides attached)
  • Nisha Dhanda, Aston University: Exploring the role of social isolation in people living with hearing loss and dementia in residential care settings.
  • Louise Mitchell, University of Salford: Improving the health of older people through community-based environmental projects.
  • Molly Browne, Coventry University: Outdoor and nature-based activities with people who are living with dementia.
  • Mohammed Nazmul Hussain, University of Salford: Understanding the support needs of people with dementia in the Bangladeshi community in Oldham.
  • Matthew Ford, University of Salford: An exploratory study into the views and experiences of individuals living with dementia and their care partners on ‘off the shelf’ GPS tracking technology.
  • Francisca Ortiz, University of Manchester: Satisfaction with retirement: research using mixed methods.
  • Kathryn Waldegrave, University of Leeds: Exploring ‘POP-OP’ (Prison Officer Perceptions of Older Prisoners).
  • Altug Didikoglu, Asri Maharani, Antony Payton, Maria Mercè Canal, Neil Pendleton. The University of Manchester: Longitudinal change of sleep in the elderly and its associations with health
  • Thomas Lowe, University of Groningen: I don't think I'm active, not like I used to be but hopefully I'll be getting back to my activities": a life course perspective on older adult everyday mobility.
  • Aura Di Febo, University of Manchester: Aging like a Bodhisattva. Religiously inspired volunteering and active ageing in contemporary Japan.
  • Lucy Smout, Durham University: Making sense of unpaid care work and pension injustice in Poland
  • Sam Andersen, University of Manchester: Is the housing crisis making us ill? The effects of housing unaffordability and economic insecurity on health over time
  • Close of the conference, by Professor Alistair Burns, the  Executive Director of MICRA, at The University of Manchester.