Global Urban Research Unit


Co-design of the Built Environment for Mobility in Later Life (Co-Motion)

Mobility, wellbeing and the built environment: wellbeing in later life is linked to the maintenance of independence, physical mobility itself and the sense of being able to get about. Mobility is vital for assessing services, resources and facilities, for social participation, and for avoiding loneliness. Thus mobility has been described more broadly as 'engagement with the world'.

The 'Co-Motion Consortium' aims to take up the challenge of the call to create a step-change in mobility and wellbeing in later life. The proposed work builds on and extends the substantial foundation of research, policy and practice innovation in the field. It aims to develop new concepts and knowledge but also to develop and test a suite of complementary practical interventions that have potential to be readily implemented, and to create real benefits within limited resources.