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Thousands to shape £8 million age-friendly design projects
Date:9/6/2013

als (Design for Wellbeing: Ageing and Mobility in the Built Environment) in May 2012. These projects are the results of that call.

EPSRC's Chief Executive Professor David Delpy said: "These projects combine the expertise of engineers, social scientists and designers and will provide valuable insight into how people interact with the built environment throughout their lives. The development of this call also demonstrates how the research councils work together to address challenges that cross disciplines and remits."

Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), said: "The challenge of designing for well-being within our ageing population and supporting communities to be more empowered and socially and culturally connected requires a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach. These ambitious new projects will bring together a wide range of expertise to re-imagine what our homes and our communities might look like in the years to come."

Professor Paul Boyle, Chief Executive of ESRC said: "These projects demonstrate how contributions from a wide range of disciplines can come together to have a potentially great impact on the lives of older people. They are diverse and address critical areas that enable older people to sustain their social networks which we know are so critical to lifelong health and wellbeing."

Project details are listed below.

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The EPSRC Press Office. Tel: 01793 444 404, e-mail: pressoffice@epsrc.ac.uk

Project details:

Mobility, Mood and Place: a user-centred approach to design of built environments to make mobility easy, enjoyable and meaningful for older people. - EP/K037404/1 Led by Professor Catharine Ward Thompson - University of Edinburgh with academics from University of Edinburgh, King's College London, Heriot-Watt University and the
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