School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Professor Rose Gilroy

Professor of Ageing, Policy & Planning



My first career was  in Housing with Newcastle city where I worked on the development of housing for older people and later on capital investment in the west end of the city. I came to academia in 1988. My interests have always been in issues of social justice and the city. My initial focus was on women and I was a co-founder of the EuroFEM network with Chris Booth of Sheffield Hallam and Liisa Horelli of Helsinki. Several articles came from this work. Also from this period in my research career is  the book `Housing Women`which I  co-edited with Roberta Woods. During the 1990s I was increasingly undertaking research into local urban regneration and community development programmes. It was during this period that I made the transition to my current focus on older people. 

In both my work on women, disadvantaged communties  and on older people my concern is to hear the voice of individuals and find ways of revealing their experience. My work on older people has taken me to urban and rural Japan, urban China and most recently to India. Much of my work involves Newcastle Elders Council/Quality of Life Partnership.

I am committed to developing new ways of thinking about older people's housing. In 2012 I set up structured conversations around cohousing to consider the how we shall live question.  Images from one of the workshops can be found here. I am part of a group working to develop new housing models to help older and younger people in the creative cultures sectors share and retain  their creative capacities. I am leading a cross academy, community, business and local authority working group that is working to develop demonstrator homes on Science Central.

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 ten 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. During 2013-14 I acted as Director of Planning as part of sabbatical arrangements for other colleagues.

Outside of the school I am a member of the Public Engagement Group (Institute of Health and Society); UTLC panel of Subject Review panel members- I have chaired four Subject reviews.

Beyond the University I am a member of Newcastle's Age Friendly City working group; a member of the Housing group (organised through the Quality of Life Partnership).


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
Town and Country Planning Association


Basic French

Informal Interests

I have been a committee member of the West End Befrienders since 1986 years and Chair for much of that time.


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.

I am currently working on two EPSRC funded reserach projects. The first- MyPlace- led by Newcastle University and the second- Co-Motion- led by York University.

MyPlace is a three-year inter-disciplinary and collaborative research project between Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Newcastle City Council and Newcastle’s Age Friendly City Initiative. We are working together with a range (non)statutory partners in the research, planning and design of an Age Friendly City in Newcastle upon Tyne.

We are conducting a range of case studies that are working with citizens in different ways, which focus on:

  • Promoting an understanding of design issues around the built environment;
  • Supporting communities to develop research and involving people in design workshops;
  • Documenting and analyzing experiences of access and mobility through people’s journeys in the city and their relationship to place;
  • Communicating findings and ideas through visualisations and stories;
  • Designing new products or services to demonstrate what an age friendly city could be like.

 The 'Co-Motion Consortium' is investigating the links between mobility and wellbeing amongst older people. 

The consortium, which includes academics from York Departments of Computer Science, Health Sciences and the Stockholm Environment Institute, as well as colleagues from the University of Leeds, University of Newcastle and Northumbria University, aims to create a step-change in research on mobility and wellbeing in later life.  The work will include a longitudinal study of older people in York, Hexham and Leeds who have experienced transitions affecting mobility and wellbeing, and will lead into intensive co-design workshops with older people and local and national stakeholders.

  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.

Lena Ganesh -India-   “From zenana to zoom in”. Supervised with Janice McLaughlin and Peter Phillimore of Geography, Social Policy and Politics. Awarded 2008.

Ying Chang- China-  Taking a livelihoods approach to low income households: a case study of Shanghai lane, Wuhan. First Supervisor Dr Graham Tipple. Second Supervisor Rose Gilroy. Awarded 2010. 

 Elizabeth Brooks –UK- Full Time- ESRC/ODPM funded. Older people in Market towns. First Supervisor Rose Gilroy; Second supervisor Jane Midgely and formerly Tim Shaw (retired). External Examiner Professor Tom Scharf (Keele) and Dr Neil Powe (Newcastle). Awarded 2011.

Antika Sawadsri – Thailand- FT  “Accessibility and disability in the built environment: negotiating the public realm in Thailand “. First Supervisor Rose Gilroy; Second supervisor Peter Kellett. External Examiner Professor Rob Imrie (Kings College London) and Dr Tim Townshend (Newcastle). Awarded 2011

 Mansour Helmi -Saudi Arabia- FT-“The role of planning in the implementation of land use regulations in Jeddah”. First Supervisor Rose Gilroy, Second Supervisor Dr Graham Tipple. External Examiner Dr Claudio de Maghaeles (London) and Dr Zan Gunn (Newcastle) Awarded 2015

Fouz Al-Ahmadi- Saudi Arabia- FT Commenced May 2009 “Housing with care for older women in Saudi Arabia”. First Supervisor Rose Gilroy; Second Supervisor Graham Tipple

Sarah Cahyadini - Indonesia FT Gender and neighbourhood spaces " First Supervisor Dr Peter Kellett; Second Supervisor Rose Gilroy

Sam Clark -UK FT-  PhD by Practice. "Exploring the role and design of age targeted housing" . Funded by Churchill Retirement Living. First Supervisor Rose Gilroy; Second Supervisor Prof Adam Sharr

Qiaowei Yang. China FT. How can China support ageing in place: A case study of Anqing.  First Supervisor Rose Gilroy; Second Supervisor Mark Tewdwr Jones.

Daphne Issa. Ghana FT. Housing supply in Sekondi-Takoradi”. First Supervisor Rose Gilroy; Second Supervisor Graham Tipple

Esteem Indicators

Invited speaker to EU conference on a framework for older people's housing May 2016 (London) and final summit December 2016 (Brussels)

Invited as UK expert on planning and housing for older people to one-day Forum on "Active Aging and Solidary between Generations. National University of Singapore and the EU Centre in Singapore November 30th.2012

Invited to speak at European Housing Forum in Brussels June 5th 2012 on new co-operative housing models for older people. Summary published in

Keynote speaker at European Network of Housing Research conference in Lillehammer,Norway 2012 and at Gavle, Sweden 2000.

External examiner - I have examined at  Cardiff University, Sheffield, Stirling, Leicester de Montfort, Birmingham City, Northumbria.

 Member of editorial review board for Journal "Applied Research in Quality of Life"


Winner (2012) of Teaching award for quality of undergraduate teaching in Planning as voted by students.

 'Both lecturers are easy to reach, friendly, helpful and take time out of their day to help you.'

 'xxx and Rose are inspiring lecturers.'

 'Most approachable staff members'

 'They have been very friendly and understanding. They have been quick to answer questions and to help the students.'

 'My supervisor Rose is really an amazing supervisor she treats me like a friend always motivating me and encourage me and she believes in my work and skills'

 BA 1

TCP 1025 Social Worlds

A lecture based 20 credit module delivered to BA Urban Planning and BA Architecture and Urban Planning students.

Total teaching hours 18 of 40.

Module leader

Evaluation of 2015/16 session:

Module was well structured


 Content was intellectually stimulating


I received helpful feedback


This teacher stimulated me to learn


Teacher was approachable


Overall I was satisfied


 Amazing teacher with great communication skills.

She is really active and energetic and the lecture is always interesting

She makes the topics easy to understand

 BA 2

TCP 2005 Housing

A 20 credit module intended to provide a critical understanding of current housing policy and trends, delivered to Planning, Geography & Planning and Architecture and Urban Planning  students. Assessment by a small group Prezi presentation and an individually assessed report.Total contact hours 38 hours

Module leader.

 Evaluation of 2015/16 session:

Module was well structured


Content was intellectually stimulating


I received helpful feedback


This teacher stimulated me to learn


Teacher was approachable


Overall I was satisfied


 Rose Gilroy is an outstanding and stimulating lecturer who clearly has been around the block in terms of her research into UK housing.

The group presentation using Prezi was good as could choose who you wanted to work with and the fact that we learnt how to use a new form of presentation software. I enjoyed the field trip to Edinburgh as it really helped to set the scene and experience the area first hand before then doing the research and a presentation on the city