Housing and Living Conditions of Ageing Populations

Coordinators

Marianne Abramsson
Department of Human Geography
Stockholm University
Sweden
Tel: +46 (0)8 16 48 29
marianne.abramsson@humangeo.su.se

Sarah Hillcoat-Nallétamby
Centre for Innovative Ageing
College of Human and Health Sciences
Swansea University
Swansea, Wales
s.hillcoat-nalletamby@swansea.ac.uk

Blanca Deusdad
University Rovira i Virgili
Tarragona, Spain
Tel. +34 977 558 358
blanca.deusdad@urv.cat

Central theme
The central theme of this Working Group is housing and living conditions of ageing populations.

Activities and output in recent years
The Working Group organised a successful workshop at the ENHR 2017 conference in Tirana (Albania). The workshop had 11 abstracts submitted and the work-shop proved an excellent opportunity to present current research and development work. In addition it provided a good forum for discussion. It is apparent that there is an on-going interest in ageing issues around the world where housing and living conditions are high on the policy agenda

During the year the Working Group organised a successful workshop at the ENHR 2018 conference in Uppsala, Sweden, June 27-29. The workshop received about 20 abstracts and subsequently 14 papers that were presented in the workshop during the conference. The workshop provided a good forum for discussion. It is apparent that there is an on-going interest in ageing issues around the world where housing and living conditions are high on the policy agenda.

During the year 2019 the Working Group organised a successful workshop at the ENHR 2019 conference in Athens (Greece) on 28-30 August. The workshop received about 20 abstracts and subsequently 17 papers were presented in the workshop during the conference. The workshop provided a good forum for discussion. It is apparent that there is an on-going interest in ageing issues around the world where housing and living conditions are high on the policy agenda.

Several researchers were involved in the writing of the papers presented at the Athens meeting. About 20 individuals took part in the presentation of the papers and in the group discussions. The group of researchers that presented papers in Athens included persons from several countries in Europe and participants from Australia, Japan and China.

In 2019 one of the coordinators participated in an event organised by the Institut de la longévité, des viellesses et du viellissement (ILVV) in order to present the network and the Working Group in a session dedicated to European activities relating to housing.

Future plans and activities
The Working Group plans to be present at the ENHR 2020 conference in Nicosia, Cyprus. Interested participants are encouraged to submit abstracts and papers directly on the conference website and are welcome to contact any of the coordinators for further information about the participation in the conference as well as the Working Group.

Policy implications

Other
The ENHR Network provides excellent opportunities to meet researchers from all over Europe (and the world) in paper presentations/discussions as well as plenary activities and social events. From our point of view, this has become the main role of the network. The coordinators and the participants in the group are working in constellations and minor networks with different initiatives and projects, within the theme of the Working Group. These initiatives cannot be regarded as mainly ENHR activities. The ENHR has got an overriding meeting and knowledge dissemination based role, which is an important role indeed. The Working Group is a regular participant in the ENHR conference.

This Working Group has no registered members, but it consists of researchers active or interested in the field, interested persons and participants in the group activities.

The coordinators and the participants in the group are working in constellations and minor networks with different initiatives and projects, within the theme of the Working Group. Successful cooperation has example been established between several ENHR participants and their students for example between universities in Australia, Japan and the Netherlands. Similar co-operations take place also among researchers in Sweden, Wales and Spain and Sweden, Finland and Norway. These groups meet for common and comparative research projects, symposia and research exchange and is on-going. This has resulted in scientific articles and reports as well as the applications for scientific grants. In addition participants in the network can make use of the expertise of their fellow participants.