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Dr Charles Musselwhite

Associate Professor, Centre for Innovative Ageing

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 518696

Research Links

Office - 17
Ground Floor
Haldane Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


I am Associate Professor in Gerontology at the Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA) at Swansea University. I have a particular interest in improving public policy and practice around the built environment and transportation taking into account an ageing population, requiring sustainable and environmental contexts, including road user safety in later life, giving-up driving and creating age friendly neighbourhoods and communities. I have worked on 36 projects as PI or Co-I totalling over £14m research incomeI have authored 38 peer reviewed journal articles, 18 book chapters and have 4 books on these topics. My research has involved several invited International and national presentations at conferences and invited presentations to the House of Commons and House of Lords. I am keen to get my research out into the real world and work closely with UK, Welsh and local government, charities and third sector organisations and am keen on public engagement. I have presented at two British Science Festivals (2008 and 2016) and written many articles for the general public.  I have appeared on BBC TV and international radio stations on a variety of mobility and built environment topics and appear regularly on BBC Three Counties radio discussing older people’s issues. I am Editor-in-Chief for Elsevier’s Journal of Transport & Health and on the editorial board for Ageing and Society and Research in Transportation Business & Management journals. 

Areas Of Expertise

  • • Built environment
  • • Environmental effects on health and wellbeing
  • • Mobility
  • • Transport
  • • Social and psychological elements of technology use
  • • Traffic and transport psychology

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests
  • Gerontology
  • Ageing
  • Mobilities
  • Environmental geography
  • Transport planning
  • Research methods
  • Social psychology
  • Environmental psychology

I am currently Principal Investigator on 3 projects, the Welsh Government funded £2.85m Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR) project to bring together research in ageing with policy and practice across Wales, and the £500k ageing and social impacts of Active Building Project examining older people’s perceptions and behaviour living in smart, low carbon homes and a £200k project enabling wellbeing through walking in partnership with Living Streets.