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Research interests

My research explores the impact of ageing on planning, urban design, outdoor spaces, neighbourhoods and housing. My research addresses aspects of health and well-being, social sustainability, age-friendly cities, sense of place, identity and belonging. I work across a range of scales including the street, neighbourhood, and city to examine place-based supports for active and healthy ageing. Much of my research has been transnational in nature, working with academics, practitioners, policy-makers and community groups in the developed and developing world. My methodologies are largely participatory, working with participants as co-researchers and undertaking community mapping, participatory research, and visual methods to understanding the relationship between person and place. 

 

Biography

I am a Professor in Urban Studies and also Director of the Urban Institute. I joined Heriot-Watt University in 2014 as an Associate Professor in Health and Well-being. Prior to this, I worked at the Gerontology Research Centre, Vancouver, Canada exploring issues of social justice, housing and ageing-in-place. In my research career, I have evaluated urban regeneration programmes in the North-West of England exploring their impact on social and community well-being. I have undertaken research with marginalised and excluded groups including the homeless and socially isolated older adults.

I am currently P-I on two ESRC-funded grant exploring Age Friendly Cities and Communities, undertaking collaborative case study research in cities in UK, Brazil and India (total funding £1.2 million as P-I). The research will develop resources and tools for the development of tools and resources to support older adults to age-in-place.

 

 

Roles & Responsibilities

Ryan is Adjunct Professor in Ageing at the Gerontology Research Centre (GRC), Simon Fraser University, Canada. He is also Board Member of the International Society for Gerontechnology (ISG).

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Research Output

Ageing in Urban Neighbourhoods: Exploring Place Insideness Amongst Older Adults in India, Brazil and the United Kingdom

Woolrych, R., Duvurru, J., Portella, A., Sixsmith, J., Menezes, D., Fisher, J., Lawthom, R., Reddy, S., Datta, A., Chakravarty, I., Khan, A. M., Murray, M., Makita, M., Zubair, M. & Pereira, G., 5 Aug 2020, In : Psychology and Developing Societies.

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  • Housing and Ageing: Let’s Get Serious—“How Do You Plan for the Future while Addressing Immediate Chaos?”

    McCall, V., Ziegler, F., Robertson, J., Lovatt, M., Phillips, J., Porteus, J., Mcintyre, Z., Rutherford, A., Sixsmith, J., Woolrych, R., Eadie, J., Wallman, J., Epinosa, M., Harrison, E. & Wallace, T., 31 Jul 2020, In : Social Inclusion. 8, 3, p. 28-42 15 p.

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  • Innovative solutions to enhance safe and green environments for ageing well using co-design through patient and public involvement

    Hatton, A. L., Haslam, C., Bell, S., Langley, J., Woolrych, R., Cory, C., Brownjohn, J. M. W. & Goodwin, V. A., 2020, In : Research Involvement and Engagement. 6, 45.

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  • Neighbourhood supports for active ageing in urban India

    Adlakha, D., Krishna, M., Woolrych, R. & Ellis, G., 1 Jun 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Psychology and Developing Societies.

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    Place (in)securities: older adults’ perceptions across urban environments in the United Kingdom ((In)seguridades de lugar. Percepciones de las personas mayores en distintos entornos urbanos del Reino Unido)

    Makita, M., Woolrych, R., Sixsmith, J., Murray, M., Menezes, D., Fisher, J. & Lawthom, R., 3 May 2020, In : PsyEcology. 11, 2, p. 214-231 18 p.

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