Mobility, Mood and Place: a user-centred approach to design of built environments to make mobility easy, enjoyable and meaningful for older people This is a collaborative project supported by the EPSRC/AHRC/SRC/MRC scheme Design for wellbeing, Ageing and mobility in the built environment. Recent research shows that remaining active is a vital component in healthy ageing and that exercise provides protection against mental decline in old age. People are more mobile if they live in an appropriate environment, one that is safe, accessible and has good services. To date, much guidance has focused on overcoming barriers in the environment, such as steps without handrails or poor quality lighting. Removing such barriers is important but this approach alone will not encourage people to be more active. We need to understand the positive qualities that encourage people to go out, remain mobile, and give them pleasure into very old age. Our proposal builds on growing evidence that mood and emotion influence people’s willingness to be active, which is in turn influenced by the experience of different environments – the ‘mood’ of one place versus another. The project is based in ESALA, involving Catharine Ward Thompson (lead), Iain Scott, Richard Coyne. Other Co-Is are Niamh Shortt and Jamie Pearce (Geosciences), Gillian Mead (Clinical Sciences), Ian Deary (Philosophy Psychology & Language), Neil Thin (Social and Political Science), Jenny Roe (York University), Peter Aspinall (SBE, Heriot-Watt), and Anthea Tinker (Gerontology, King’s College London). Grant Ref: EP/K037404/1 £1.5 million over 3 years.
SFC SPIRIT project, Moving Targets: New models for new media audiences in the creative media industries, led by the University of Abertay with the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art: £1.2 million over 3 years, starting Sep 2010. Partners include BBC Scotland, Clash Music Group, Dynamo Games, TAG Games, Tern TV, Winterwell Associates and Skillset Scotland. The PI at Abertay, and Project Leader, is Gregor White, the PI at UoE is Richard Coyne and the PI at eca is Simon Biggs. Mark Wright, and Bev Hood are Co-Is. Brent MacGregor is consultant on the project. Paul Harris chairs the Advisory Board.