School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Professor Rose Gilroy

Professor of Ageing, Policy & Planning



My work explores how home and neighbourhood supports quality of life in later life. As an academic situated in Planning I am interested in the transactional relationship between people and their place that embraces how people individually and collectively may influence their environments. My work frequently uses an everyday life framework to explore strategies for survival or flourishing. I have considerable research experience in qualitative and participatory methods: interviews, focus groups, photo elicitation and visioning. I am committed to change and much of my work is action oriented. I am the founder of the Future Homes Alliance Community Interest Company that is, subject to planning permission, building 66 dwellings starting in mid 2020.


Roles and Responsibilities

I have held a number of positions of responsibility in the School including Degree Programme Director of the Undergraduate Planning Programme; Director of Teaching and Learning; Director of Planning,  Deputy Head of School and most recently Director of Engagement.  I have been a member of the School Management Team  for more than fifteen years. Beyond the school I have been a member of  Senate twice; served on Faculty Promotions Committee; a member of Faculty Teachng and Learning Committee; and UTLC Panel member .  

 I am teaching and learning mentor for the school as well as teaching or research mentor for a small number of recently joined colleagues. I lead for the UoA on impact case studies.

In 2016 I brought together a quadruple helix working group of key Tyneside actors from Newcastle City Council, academia, third and community sectors; business and industry. Together we have developed new modes of housing that will make responses to an ageing population and deep green responses to sustainability with digital innovation informing both agendas. In April 2018 we became the Future Homes Alliance registered at Companies House as a Community Interest Company. We have won funding from Homes England ; from Newcastle University and Newcastle Building Society.

In the summer of 2018 we held an exhibition at the Core as part of the Great Exhibition of the North where the general public was able to see the Future Homes in VR, AR and fly through technologies. This was sponsored by Newcastle Building society. More than 14000 people attended over the 6 weeks

Beyond the University I am a member of Newcastle's Age Friendly City working group;


I have a BA from Nottingham University and a MA by research from Exeter University. I have the Higher Education Teaching Qualification from Newcastle University.

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing 
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (by invitation)


British Gerontology Society
International Society of Quality of Life Studies


Basic French

Informal Interests

I love to read - my idea of hell is having nothing to read. I love cinema, live music, travelling to new places and occasionally can be spotted rambling, bird watching and fishing. 


Research Interests

My research explores the impact of the ageing population, particularly in relation to planning and housing. My concerns embrace the home and the lines of attachment that radiate from it into neighbourhood, city, and region. In the wider arena I  explore how place may support everyday life in later life. As a planner I am interested in the transactional relationship between people and their environment that embraces how people individually and collectively may influence their environments.

My research on older people has taken me from the north east of England to  China, Japan and India. Currently I am working with a KTP Associate with funding from Innovate UK located with Anchor / Hanover Housing Association .

 Postgraduate Supervision

I welcome applications from potential doctoral candidates who are interested in older people's (non medical) issues specifically perceptions of  quality of life; experiences of housing and neighbourhood; activism in older age.

Currently I am supervising Lu Wang (China) who is exploring the impact of middle class lifestyles on family practices particularly in elder care; Julius Nchor from Nigeria looking at dwelling upgrades and occupant wellbeing in Calabar, Nigeria; Felix de Mata (Angola) researching government housing policy


I lead two UG modules : A first year module on Social Worlds that explores current societal challenges and a stage 2 option that unpacks UK Housing Policy and Practice.