It’s time for the Annual International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society, which is held in collaboration with the Institute of British Geographers.
The theme for 2016 is ‘nexus thinking’, a way of addressing the interdependencies, tensions and trade-offs between different environmental and social domains.
OPENspace is involved in five papers at this year’s conference, which you can follow on social media using the hashtag #RGSIBG16.
Here’s where you can find out more about two of our current research projects: Mobility, Mood and Place (which looks at older people’s mobility outdoors); and Woods In and Around Towns (which explores urban woodlands and quality of life in deprived communities).
RGS-IBG conference papers on Mobility, Mood and Place
Wednesday 31st August 2016
Measuring Wellbeing (11:10-12:50)
Skempton Building, Lecture Theatre 207
Mapping brain imaging as a measure of emotional wellbeing in older people walking in different urban spaces.
Dr Steve Cinderby* of The University of York will be presenting this paper, which has been co-authored by Dr Sara Tilley of OPENspace and colleagues at the Universities of Edinburgh, York, Heriot-Watt and University College London.
Thursday 1st September 2016
Everyday geographies of ageing (1): (im)mobility, independence and ageing ‘well’ (09:00-10:40)
Sherfield Building, Room 10
Living in the moment or experiences of a lifetime? Considering environmental influences past, present and future on mobility in older age
Professor Jamie Pearce of the The Human Geography Research Group at the University of Edinburgh will be presenting this paper, which has been co-authored by Professor Catharine Ward Thompson, Professor Jenny Roe, Dr Katherine Brookfield and Dr Sara Tilley at OPENspace, and colleagues at the Universities of Edinburgh, York, Heriot-Watt and King’s College London.
RGS-IBG conference papers on Woods In and Around Towns
Thursday 1st September 2016
Greenspace Justice for Health and Wellbeing (16:50-18:30)
Royal School of Mines, Room G.06
Exploring parents’ perceptions and visits to local urban woodlands in deprived communities
Dr Sara Tilley of OPENspace will be presenting this paper, which has been co-authored by Dr Eva Silveirinha de Oliveira and Professor Catharine Ward Thompson.
On Friday 2nd September, Sara will also be chairing the first session on ‘Time at the nexus: mobility and modal choice’, which she co-convenes with Dr Julie Clark of the University of Glasgow, and presenting her PhD research in the second session (again co-convened with Julie) in a paper entitled Understanding the Multi-Level Forces Affecting Mobility Trends.
* Steve will also be talking about MMP at the annual ‘research into policy’ event co-hosted by the Transport Geography Research Group and UK Department for Transport (DfT). This pre-conference event takes place at the DFT on Tuesday 30th August 2016. Steve’s presentation is entitled Interactions between urban infrastructure design and use on older people’s mobility and well-being: evidence from three UK case studies.