Charles is Associate Professor in Gerontology at the Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA) and heads up the group’s Environments and Ageing research strand. He is Operational Director of the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR), an initiative to develop and enhance research, policy and practice for older people across Wales. He completed his PhD at the Transportation Research Group, University of Southampton in 2004 and has worked at Bournemouth University (2003-2006), then University West of England in the pioneering Centre for Transport & Society (2006-2013). His research has involved several invited International and national presentations at conferences and invited presentations to the House of Commons and House of Lords. He makes frequent appearances on radio and television across the world and is a keen to engage his research with the public and has spoken at two British Science Festivals. He has published over 25 journal articles and another 40+ publications and has been PI or Co-I in research projects totalling over £6m addressing technological, environmental, health and sustainability contexts of transportation and built environment studies spanning four interconnected areas:
- Road user safety and ageing
- Older people, travel behaviour change and health and wellbeing
- Giving up driving in later life
- Attitudes to transport and travel
Charles has advised the United Kingdom (UK) parliament on older people’s transport issues and is an executive committee member of the British Society of Gerontology (BSG), where he is editor of their journal Generations Review. He has appeared on BBC TV and on International radio stations discussing his research. Charles is an Associate Editor for Journal of Transport & Health. He is the University’s environment lead for the REF UoA22 and is Engagement and Societal Impact lead for the College of Human and Health Sciences.