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Institute of Health and Society seminar

The Institute of Health and Society (IHS) is holding a seminar on 9th February at 11:30 on ‘Unequal Ageing and Age-Friendly Communities’. The speaker will be Professor Thomas Scharf from the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, NUI Galway, Ireland.

In the UK and other western societies, there is substantial evidence pointing to the structural and enduring nature of inequalities relating to age. Indeed, in many countries, rather than diminishing, research emphasises the widening of inequalities based on such characteristics as age, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status and geography. Building on a growing body of work in environmental gerontology, and reflecting increasing policy interest in age-friendly communities in Europe, this paper considers the experience of ageing in different sociospatial contexts and the range of risks that can combine to exclude older people from major societal institutions, resulting in diminished well-being. In exploring the implications of unequal ageing for the development of age-friendly communities in European societies, the paper makes a case for broadening debates about age-friendly policies and practices to encompass consideration of structural features of societies. It concludes by arguing that addressing structural inequalities should become a core aspiration of the burgeoning age-friendly movement.

When: Monday 9th February, 11:30 – 13:00

Where: Baddiley Clark Seminar Room, Institute of Health & Society

Booking: Email to find out more

North East Together – the new network for Leaders Network for Social Change

North East Together would like to invite you to join them for their second session on 5th February. One of the key purposes of the Network is to enable collaboration and mechanisms for collective action on social change. Network members have chosen the theme Delivering Social Change, and there will be the chance to get to each other better, sign up to take part in the peer coaching scheme, and hear feedback from working groups. Erika Rushton, Chair of the Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust in Toxteth in Liverpool will be sharing her experiences during the evening as well, and it will be brilliant to hear from the inspiring story of Granby.

When: Thursday 5th February from 4.45 pm (5.15 start)

Where: Newcastle University Business School

Experimental Architecture: Catalysing the transition from an Industrial Age to an Ecological Era

Professor Rachel Armstrong presents the latest in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Public Lecture Series 2014-15 on 22nd January. For the first time in two millennia the way that we imagine the world is changing. The ordering systems that defined the Industrial Age and gave rise to the modern world are dovetailing with a world in continual flux, which characterizes an emerging Ecological Era. This talk explores how experimental architecture may help develop design practices that navigate the spaces in between these concurrent paradigms, so that we may imagine, produce and inhabit qualitatively different kinds of living spaces - with the potential to augment the vibrancy of the natural realm.

When: 22nd January, 5:30 pm

Where: Fine Art Lecture Theatre

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