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Centre for Ageing and Inequalities


Centre for Ageing and Inequalities

A Newcastle University Centre of Research Excellence

Our Centre builds on our long and distinguished record in both social justice and ageing research.

Reducing inequalities in ageing societies

Not all older people can look forward to a wealthy, healthy or long life. It is an under-discussed and under-researched challenge. Too often, research and policy on ageing ignores the unequal lives of ageing adults.

Through world-class research and education, we want to improve the health and wellbeing of older people. We seek to expose and reduce the inequalities that characterise ageing societies.

Our Centre reinforces existing interdisciplinary work and creates opportunities for new connections. Building on our University's strengths, values and networks, we're creating an international hub to understand, predict and mitigate unequal ageing.

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Why do inequalities exist?

Inequalities are dynamic and change over time. They must also be considered at local and global levels.

We explore why inequalities exist in the health and wellbeing of older people, within the UK and other countries, and why they are widening.

Our focus is on the circumstances of marginalised populations.

We work to understand the impact of inequality on the lives of older individuals who are left behind.

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How we work

Our approach seeks understanding of the ways inequalities in later life are influenced by interconnections between biological, social, behavioural and environmental factors at scales from the micro- to macro-level.

Our interdisciplinary approach considers topics that are hallmarks of ageing societies.

They include health, life expectancy, incomes and pensions. They also include employment, housing, citizenship and cultural participation.

We will integrate historical and cultural knowledge of inequalities in the older population to present a dynamic perspective on unequal ageing.

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From Newcastle. For Ageing.

Collaborations and partnerships are key to understanding unequal ageing around the world. We work with:

  • UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing - using Ageing Intelligence to harness the opportunities of the longevity economy
  • VOICE - a community of the public, patients and carers, sharing their unique experiences to improve research and innovation

Together, we want to intervene, reduce and eliminate inequalities wherever they occur.

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