Institute for Ageing

Enabling Environments and Technologies

Enabling Environments and Technologies

Our goal is to understand how the design of the physical and social environments in which we live and work, and the technologies we use, can promote wellbeing and support engaged citizenship in older people.

Through cross-disciplinary research in design, technology and social science, we are undertaking research that seeks to give older people a voice and place them at the centre of the technology and environment research agenda:

  • How can we foster a research community that challenges taken-for-granted assumptions and negative societal attitudes of ageing?
  • How can we support a technologies and environments ageing research agenda that is shaped by older people?
  • How can we critically engage with the context of ageing across an individual’s lifecourse and reflect upon how their personal histories impact upon technology use now and in the future?
  • How can we engage with older adults through the design process, and embrace alternative measures and attributes of ‘success’ in later life?

Enabling environments and technologies research is conducted by designers, computer scientists, engineers, clinicians and social scientists across the University.

Key staff

Staff working in this area

Dr Ahmed Abd El-Aal
EDA/CAD Systems Specialist

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Dr Clare Abley
Nurse Consultant Vulnerable Older Adults & Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 191 208 3802

Dr Kai Alter
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8394

Dr Mark Baker
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 6897

Professor Derek Bell
Professor Environmental Political Theory

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7465

Dr Helen Bosomworth
Research Project Manager

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6322

Dr Matthew Breckons
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7585

Professor Jonathon Chambers
FREng, Professor of Signal and Information Processing

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5965

Dr Shirley Coleman
Technical Director & Principal Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7096

Professor Che Connon
Professor of Tissue Engineering

Email:
Telephone: T: 0191 241 8623 M: 0793 1093 063

Ruth Da Silva
Guest Status

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Professor Kenneth Dalgarno
Sir James Woodeson Professor of Manufacturing Engineering

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8554

Dr Silvia Del Din
Research Associate (Biomedical Engineer)

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 2081131

Dr Iain Evans
Senior Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6245

Dr Darren Flynn
Senior Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5415

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1246

Professor Rose Gilroy
Professor of Ageing, Policy & Planning

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7864

Dr Spencer Hazel
Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics & Communication

Email:
Telephone: 0191 2086374

Dr John Hedley
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6002

Mary Hull
Teaching Assistant

Professor Tom Joyce
Professor of Orthopaedic Engineering

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6214

Dr Nicholas Kalson
Academic Clinical Fellow

Dr Sharron Kuznesof
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8889

Dr Christopher Leyland
Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0)191 222 6000 (ext. 7384)

Dr Jennifer Liddle
Senior Research Associate

Professor Jelena Mann
Professor of Epigenetics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5902

Professor John Mathers
Professor of Human Nutrition

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1133

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5603

Dr Eugene Milne
Visiting Professor

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Dr Susan Scholes Morgan
Research Associate

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Dr Mohsen Naqvi
Lecturer in Signal and Information Processing

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 5966

Dr Gary Nestor
NIHR CRN Assistant Specialty Cluster Lead

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1334

Dr Keng Wooi Ng
Lecturer in Pharmaceutics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2343

Professor Patrick Olivier
Professor of Human-Computer Interaction

Email:
Telephone: +447813951637

Dr Roberto Palacin
Rail Systems Group Lead and Degree Program Director for Mechanical & Systems Engineering

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6829


Hon Professor of Head & Neck Surgery

Email: vinidh.paleri@ncl.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 213 7630

Dr Luca Panzone
Lecturer in Consumer Behaviour

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 1912083594

Professor Jeremy Parr
Professor of Paediatric Neurodisability

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 5966

Dr Thomas Ploetz
Reader in "Computational Behaviour Analysis"

Telephone: +44 191 208 4628

Dr Michael Richardson
Lecturer in Human Geography

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 7740

Professor Mark Robinson
Director of NewRail and Professor of Rail Systems Engineering

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6197

Professor Lynn Rochester
Professor of Human Movement Science

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1291

Professor Helen Rodgers
Clin Prof of Stroke Care

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0)191 20 86779

Professor Karen Ross
Director of Research

Email:
Telephone: 447798884110

Dr Alina Schartner
Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 6593

Dr Lisa Shaw
Principal Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 3826

Dr Jing Shen
Senior Lecturer in Health Economics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7905

David Steel
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 5699065

Professor Konstantinos Stellos
Prof of Cardiovascular Medicine & Epitranscriptomics

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Dr Eugene Tang
NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 8758

Dr John Taylor
Senior Lecturer in Molecular Immunology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8694

Dr Simon Tual-Chalot
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 241 8690

Dr Lucille Valentine
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1694

Dr Quoc Vuong
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6183

Rebecca Wassall
Clinical Lecturer in Special Care Dentistry

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7471

Professor Phil White
Professor of Interventional and Diagnostic Neuroradiology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 20 86238

Louise Wilson
Network Delivery Manager

Email: lou.wilson@nhs.net
Telephone: 0113 8253016

Professor Matthew Wright
Professor of Toxicology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7094

Professor Peter Wright
Prof of Social Computing

Email:
Telephone: +44 191 208 4630