Ageing in place in neighbourhoods undergoing urban regeneration: Participatory approaches to community change

Background to the project

This project is part of HOMeAGE, a nine-country collaboration between leading research units, major intergovernmental organisations, international civil society actors and governmental and non-governmental organisations. HOMeAGE aims to institute an interdisciplinary, intersectoral, and international programme of doctoral training and research that drives the development of new leaders in excellence for the advancement of evidence-based innovation on ageing in place.

HOMeAGE will address the three interconnected challenges of (1) needs and systems, (2) home and belonging and (3) rights and voice. The 12 Doctoral Researchers will be hosted across the network, and in addition to conducting an original research study they will participate in a 36-month network-wide training program, public engagement activities and collaboration with network members through short-term secondments in European intersectoral partner organisations.  

HOMeAGE is a Marie Curie Sklodowska Curie Actions Doctoral Network, funded by the European Commission. The doctoral researcher position at the University of Manchester is funded by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) grant ref EP/X030482/1 and is available from 1st September 2023 for 36 months.


To investigate:

(1)  Experiences of ageing in place among diverse groups (long-term residents, migrants, gender, class) in neighbourhoods undergoing urban regeneration

(2)  Whether regeneration policies reflect the diversity of ageing populations

(3)  How the co-production of age-friendly initiatives can support inclusive decisions around city development and recovery post COVID-19

Research team

Tine Buffel, the University of Manchester (Principal investigator)

Camilla Lewis, the University of Manchester

Mark Hammond, Manchester Metropolitan University

Paul McGarry, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Alexander Peine, Open University of the Netherlands


UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)