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Centre for Innovative Ageing, Swansea UniversityResearch Funder/Centre

Type of institution

Research centre



The Centre provides the infrastructure, focus and leadership for ageing research and scholarship across the University’s Schools of Human and Health Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. It hosts the Older People and Ageing Research & Development Network, and the Wales Stroke Research Interest Group and has strong links with Wales Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (NEURODEM Cymru).

The Centre is the only one of its kind in Wales, identifying gaps in ageing research and generating new interdisciplinary knowledge in the field of ageing. The research emanating from the Centre is highly acclaimed and the standing and reputation of the Centre is well recognised in UK gerontology. Members of the Centre work collaboratively with other centres in the UK, Europe, the USA, Canada, South Asia and Australasia and, and are sought after frequently as collaborators, consultants or advisors for international projects.


The CIA believes that, in order to understand, explain and contextualise ageing, a holistic approach is required, one that shifts the locus from medicine and the medical model, to one that encompasses a range of disciplines and that views ageing more positively (and not as an abnormal state). It is only by rejecting disciplinary boundaries and adopting the most appropriate methods for approaching particular research questions that we will place Wales at the cutting edge of multidisciplinary research in ageing.

Main research areas

The current research on ageing conducted by Centre members falls into four broad topic areas:
Civic and social engagement and participation of older people
Environments of ageing
Care provision for older people 
Chronic conditions, falls and prevention in old age

Research disciplines

Basic natural sciences,Medical/Clinical Sciences/Nursing,Social/Behavioral,Economics,Demography


Professor Vanessa Burholt


Director, Centre for Innovative Ageing
School of Human and Health Sciences
Swansea University
Singleton Park
United Kingdom


+44 (0)1792 602186


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