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Programme:New Dynamics of Ageing Programme
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New Dynamics of Ageing ProgrammeResearch Programme


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Research programme

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Summary of key aims

The New Dynamics of Ageing Programme had four specific objectives:
- to explore the ways in which individual ageing is subject to different influences over the lifecourse;
- to understand the dynamic ways in which the meaning and experience of ageing are currently changing and becoming more diverse;
- to encourage and support the development of innovative interdisciplinary research groups and methods;
- to provide a sound evidence base for policy and practice (including the development of prototype systems, procedures and devices) so that research contributes to well-being and quality of life.

In achieving these objectives, the Programme will set out to:
- generate new knowledge on the ageing process and, particularly, the factors contributing to ageing well;
- deploy and develop new interdisciplinary perspectives on ageing research;
- encourage comparative research, particularly on a north/south basis;
- help to create a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers;
- contribute to policy, practice and product development; and
- provide new opportunities for UK science to link with those in the EU and North America.

Admin contact

Sarah Howson
0114 222 6490
Department of Sociological Studies
University of Sheffield
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
Sheffield S10 2TU, UK

Scientific contact

Alan Walker
0114 222 6466
Department of Sociological Studies
University of Sheffield
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
Sheffield S10 2TU, UK

Administrative organisation

University of Sheffield

Is the project externally evaluated?


Who has evaluated, or will evaluate, the programme?

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What forms of international collaboration does the programme support?

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  • ▪ National researchers abroad
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Interdisciplinary research is a strategic priority...

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