Through the Co-Motion project, the Centre for Housing Policy led by Dr Mark Bevan is investigating the links between mobility and well-being among older people.
We all experience major changes in our lives, particularly as we grow older, and these changes can make a difference to mobility and well-being. The project will work with older people in York, Leeds and Hexham who have experienced such changes. This will lead to intensive co-design workshops with older people to create policies and tools to make this easier, as well as work with national and local stakeholders.
The Co-Motion project is one of seven Design for Well-being projects looking at ageing and mobility in the built environment funded from the EPSRC, ESRC and AHRC.
The consortium, which includes York Departments Computer Science, Health Sciences and the Stockholm Environment Institute as well as colleagues from the University of Leeds, University of Newcastle and Northumbria University aims to create a step-change in mobility and wellbeing in later life. The work will include a longitudinal study of older people in York, Hexham and Leeds who have experienced transitions affecting mobility and wellbeing, and will lead into intensive co-design workshops with older people and local and national stakeholders.
Our approach has five distinctive, equally ranking objectives:
The project team, led by Professor Becky Tunstall, comprises staff from the University's Centre for Housing Policy, York's Departments of Computer Sciences and Health Sciences and Stockholm Environment Institute, and the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds; the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, University of Newcastle; and the Department of Psychology, Northumbria University.