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Amy Cathryn Barron

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  • BA (Hons), Geography, The University of Manchester, Bachelor’s Degree, First Class with Honours
  • MSc, Masters in Geographical Science, The University of Manchester, Master’s Degree, Distinction


  • Manchester Geographical Society - September 2014 - : Dissertation Funding: for an outstanding dissertation proposal
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement Award - June 2015 - : Top 0.5% of high achievers across the University of Manchester
  • The Manchester Geographical Society Prize - July 2015 - : Awarded the Manchester Geographical Society Prize for the best performance in BA Geography
  • Outstanding Achievement Award - July 2015 - : For the best dissertation in Human Geography
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement Award - December 2016 -: Top 0.5% of high achievers across the University


  • 2014 – Current, Active Member, Age-Friendly Manchester Design Steering Group
  • 2015 – Current, Active Member, Manchester Urban Ageing Research Group
  • December 2015, Research Assistant in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University on ‘The Life of the City’ Project
  • 18.06.2015 – 03.07.105, Participatory Project Lead Age-Friendly Seating and Sense of Place for Age-Friendly Manchester, Manchester City Council
  • December 2015, Research Assistant (paid) Restructuring the US Metropolis
  • 17.10.16 – 18.10.16, Knowledge Dissemination and Interactive Workshops, Intergenerational Design Symposium
  • 22.11.16, Chorlton Good Neighbours AGM Presentation of Master’s findings
  • January 2017 – June 2017, Research and Teaching Assistant, The University of Manchester First Year Tutorial Programme

Thesis title

Interrogating the’ Age-Friendly City’: A Study of Lived Experience (tentative) 


Research details

At a time when over 50% of the world’s population is urban, ageing is a critical issue for urban governance and planning. Globally, by 2050, there will be more over 65s than under 14s and in the UK, over 65s will constitute a third of the population by 2030. My research responds to these significant issues by focusing on the World Health Organisation’s Age-Friendly City Guide.

Whilst the guide was produced in 2007 to provide a ‘universally applicable’ checklist for the creation of ‘Age-Friendly’ environments, this research contends that the Age-Friendly Cities Guide generalises the variegated nature of urban living, lived experience and indeed, age itself.

In response, my research examines relational understandings of place in the context of the Age-Friendly City. Through the development of a creative, participatory methodology, it will draw on recent innovations within non-representational thinking to develop
research attentive to the fluid, embodied and habitual nature of lived experience. In so doing, it will further situate the research within debates on the development of inclusive, convivial and multicultural cities to connect the study of ageing with studies concerning ‘multidimensional shifts’
in social complexity.

Ultimately, my research aims to transform understandings of the ‘Age-Friendly City’ by examining the lived experience of place and age, and considering how this might be addressed within future policy and approaches to an ageing urban population.

Research interests

I primarily work with older-people and the concept of sense of place. My PhD (in progress), MSc in Geographical Science and BA (Hons) in Geography have all focused on Age-Friendly Cities.

I am interested in, amongst other things:

  • Sense of Place Theories
  • Non-Representational Theories
  • Creative, playful and experimental methods
  • Lived Experiences, particularly those aspects of life that are difficult to represent (emotions, memories, attachments, feelings, affects, and so forth)

Recent publications