Ageing, Age Neighbourhoods and Urban Restructuring

Brendan Murtagh, Geraint Ellis, Claire Cleland, Sara Ferguson, Ruth Hunter, Rodrigo Reis, Ciro Romelio Rodriguez-Añez

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Ageing has become one of the hallmarks of the ‘urban age’ with significant research, policy development and programmes supporting age friendly cities and broadly enabling older people to live in their homes longer. This paper draws on the preliminary results of a Newton/ESRC funded research project on physical activity, health and ageing in Belfast (UK) and Curitiba (Brazil). The paper focuses on a critique of the concept of age friendly cities, especially in the context of urban restructuring, a preference for neoliberal policies and planning strategies based on youth cultures and lifestyles. The analysis identifies age neighbourhoods to better understand socio-demographic and spatial change and how many older people are being pushed to more marginal suburban places where assets and connectivity, especially for walking are weak. The paper concludes by highlighting the implications for urban management, land use planning and community mobilisation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2017
EventCongress of the Association of European Planning Schools: Spaces of Dialogue for Places of Dignity - Instituto Superior Técnico Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 11 Jul 201714 Jul 2017


ConferenceCongress of the Association of European Planning Schools
Abbreviated titleAESOPP 2017
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  • Healthy Ageing
  • Age Friendly cities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • General Social Sciences
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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