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Advancing Research and Training on Ageing, Place and Home

What is HOMeAGE

HOMeAGE involves a nine-country collaboration between leading research units, major intergovernmental organisations, international civil society actors and governmental and non-governmental organisations.

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Research And Innovation Objectives

HOMeAGE aims to institute an interdisciplinary, intersectoral, and international programme of doctoral training and research that drives the development of new leaders in excellence for the advancement of evidence-based innovation on ageing in place.

Ageing in place is critical to the future of ageing societies in Europe. Older people’s places are recognised as fundamental to long term health and wellbeing outcomes – a fact that has been magnified during the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet, critically, almost a third of older people in Europe experience neighbourhood deprivation, a fifth encounter a lack of cohesion, a growing number are homeless, and approximately 3 million continue to reside in institutional settings. There are significant concerns that efforts are failing to support ageing in place. With its development as a field fragmented across disciplines and sectors, and with few researchers equipped to tackle this fragmentation, innovation in research and policy risks stagnation.

With 92 million community-dwelling older people in Europe, and a projected increase to 130 million by20501, targeting advances in ageing in place is crucial. There is a striking absence of research leaders who can negotiate cross-discipline, cross-sector research-policy deficits, and who will lead coordinated developments. Particularly damaging in a post-Covid-19 Europe, the HOMeAGE Doctoral Network responds to this absence.

HOMeAGE will address three interconnected challenges of (1) needs and systems, (2) home and belonging and (3) rights and voice, through the work of the 12 DRs and their individual research projects (IRPs).

Needs and Systems:

HOMeAGE will identify flexible and sustainable housing, community-care and mobility systems and critically assess their capacity to support community living needs, across various cultural and structural conditions.

Home and Belonging:

HOMeAGE will identify innovative place-based pathways for engagement as a means to create new channels for building a sense of home and belonging amongst diverse older populations, in diverse places.

Rights and Voice:

HOMeAGE will identify integrative frameworks, that are responsive to the diversity of older people and their places, to drive relevant and rights- based policy development on ageing in place.

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