School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Dr Dominic Aitken

Research Associate in Environmental Gerontology

Background

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

More information about my work is available on my personal website dominicaitken.co.uk.

Research

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.  I am currently working on research projects concerning home adaptations for people in later life, the market for accessible and adaptable homes, and planning issues surrounding park homes as a retirement housing option.  I am also a member of the Home Research Group of North East academics who work together on projects relating to housing and health.  More information on my previous research projects is available on my website: dominicaitken.co.uk

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