Technology Strategy Board: Sustainable technologies for our Ageing Populations

From March 2011 to February 2014
Project Leader(s): Professor Feng Li, Dr Katie Brittain
Contact: Katie Brittain (
Sponsors: Technology Strategy Board Assisted Living Platform

This project brings together a strong consortium of academics, businesses, health and social care professionals, third sector organisations and user representatives to address challenges and opportunities in both economic and business models to develop assistive technologies to promote independence for older people.

This project will address the following objectives:

  • To identify and develop new business models for sustainable market development of assisted living technologies and services through empirical research 
  • To develop workable and scalable solutions in health and social care for assisted living through a co-construction process with key stakeholders 
  • To understand the cost and benefit of different future scenarios through economic modelling 
  • To understand current and future user uptake and use of assistive technologies and services
  • To develop a user-centred design approach for new assistive technologies and services 
  • To inform practice and policy in assisted living in the context of the ageing society.


Dr Katie Brittain
Lecturer in Social Gerontology

Dr Tracy Finch
Senior Lecturer in Psychology of Health Care

Professor Louise Robinson
Director, Newcastle University Institute for Ageing and Professor of Primary Care and Ageing