I am Associate Professor in Gerontology at the Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA) at Swansea University and heads-up groups Environments and Ageing research strand. I am Deputy Director of OPAN Cymru, an initiative to develop and enhance research, policy and practice for older people. I have a particular interest in ageing, travel and transport, addressing technological, environmental, health and sustainability contexts of transportation and built environment studies. Prior to joining CIA I was Senior Lecturer in Traffic & Transport Psychology with the Centre for Transport and Society at UWE, Bristol. My research addressing ageing and transport spans four interconnected areas:-

(1) Attitudes to transport and travel
(2) Older people, travel behaviour change and health and wellbeing
(3) Giving-up driving for later life
(4) Road user safety and ageing

I've also been involved a variety of other built environment, mental health and shipping projects. I have advised the Parliamentary Council for Transport Safety on older people’s transport issues and am a member of the British Society of Gerontology. My research on older people and their travel and driving behaviour has involved several invited International and national presentations at conferences and invited presentations to the House of Commons and House of Lords. I have appeared on BBC TV and UK and Swedish radio stations on the subject.

Areas of Expertise

  • older people
  • wellbeing
  • ageing
  • driver behaviour
  • travel behaviour
  • social psychology
  • mobility
  • quality of life
  • transport
  • driving cessation
  • shared space
  • pedestrian
  • traffic
  • transport

Publications

  1. & Encouraging sustainable modal shift—An evaluation of the Portsmouth Big Green Commuter Challenge. Case Studies on Transport Policy 5(1), 105-111.
  2. Exploring the importance of discretionary mobility in later life. Working with Older People 21(1), 49-58.
  3. Assessment of computer-based training packages to improve the safety of older people’s driver behaviour. Transportation Planning and Technology 40(1), 64-79.
  4. & From Needy and Dependent to Independent Homo Ludens: Exploring Digital Gaming and Older People. Games and Culture 11(1-2), 3-6.
  5. & Breaking the habit: Does fracturing your wrist change your travel and driver behaviour?. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour 38, 83-93.

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Teaching

  • ASPM05 Environment and Ageing

    Students will be introduced to the environmental context of ageing in this module. It considers different geographical contexts and how space, place and distance all impact on the experience of ageing. Housing, transport and community issues are discussed.

  • SHFM01 Autonomous Osteopathic Practice

    The student will demonstrate within this module the knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to seek registration with the General Osteopathy Council (GOsC).

  • SHHM06 The Social Aspects of Long Term and Chronic Illness

    Students will be enabled to consider the social aspects of long term and chronic illness to gain understanding of the effects on the individual and society. The module will provide an opportunity to learn about the lived experiences of people, throughout the life course, whose lives are affected by long term and chronic illness. Consideration will be given also to the study of carers¿ experiences, examining their role and how their needs may be met. The module will focus on aspects of long term and chronic condition management that are overlooked in bio-medical approaches by examining in detail how people make sense of and cope with long term and chronic illness. It will also encourage practitioners to critically evaluate the delivery of care to patients with long term and chronic conditions and their carers within its strategic framework.

Supervision

  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Rodgers
  • Examining the driving cessation process amongst current and retired older drivers and social network members (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
  • Development of a model to measure the impact on household environments on health and wellbeing, using routine administrative datasets in Wales (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Roberts
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Michael Coffey
  • Access to citizenship in the mobilities age (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Nash
    Other supervisor: Dr Ashley Frawley
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Roberts
  • Assessing the Relationship of Concessionary Bus Pass Use and Health for Older People in Wales (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Martin Hyde

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2006 2013 Senior Lecturer in Traffic and Transport Psychology UWE, Bristol
2003 2006 Researcher Bournemouth University
1998 2003 Researcher Warsash Maritime Centre

Key Grants and Projects

Research Groups

  • Centre for Innovative Ageing

    The Centre provides the infrastructure, focus and leadership for ageing research and scholarship across the University’s College 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).