Tine Buffel wins Future Leader funding for social exclusion research
5 May 2016
Sociologist Dr Tine Buffel has won new funding for a cross-national study on social exclusion and older people.
The £270,000 grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Future Leaders Scheme will fund research on the factors limiting older people’s involvement in mainstream social institutions.
The research aims to overcome gaps in knowledge about problems facing older people living in inner-city neighbourhoods. The World Health Organization's 'Age-Friendly Cities' project (2007) emphasises the theme of developing supportive urban environments for older citizens By 2030, two-thirds of the world's population will reside in cities and at least one-quarter of the urban populations of high income countries will be aged 60 and over.
The project follows on from Tine’s EU funded Marie Curie Fellowship, the Manchester Ageing Study, and will be carried out in Manchester, Brussels and Dublin. The research will use an original research design to identify new policies and practices for challenging social exclusion in European cities. It will break new ground, both in the development of a conceptual framework for understanding social exclusion in old age in urban settings, and in providing the knowledge necessary for addressing a priority area in social policy.