School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Dr Dominic Aitken

Research Associate in Environmental Gerontology


I began my current role as Research Associate in Environmental Gerontology at Newcastle in January 2017.  Prior to this I worked on a joint appointment between Northumbria University and North Tyneside Council as Innovation and Research Manager, exploring the relationship between housing and health with a focus on older people.  My background is in housing and planning, having completed my PhD in 2015 entitled "Trust and Participation in Urban Regeneration" which explored resident involvement in housing redevelopment projects.  I have experience of both qualitative and quantitative research methods and have completed projects in the public, private and academic sectors.

I can be followed on Twitter @dom_aitken


My research interests lie in the relationship between individuals and the built environment and the influence they can exert over each other.  I am experienced in conducting applied research on the home environment in relation to ageing, health and disability.  As a member of the Home Research Group of North East academics I am currently involved in convening the FUSE-funded Home and Healthy Ageing seminar series exploring the current state of knowledge in the field and potential future research.  I am also a member of the Future Homes Newcastle working group, which is seeking to develop low-energy, digitally enabled housing which is suitable for anyone at any stage of life.