- University of Sheffield, United Kingdom Department of Sociological Studies (USFD)
- University of Sheffield, United Kingdom: School of Health and Related Research (USFD - ScHARR)
- Lunds Universitet, Sweden (ULUND)
- Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg, Germany (UHEI)
- Newcastle University, United Kingdom (UNEW)
- National Institute of Health and Science on Aging, Italy (INRCA)
- Age Platform Europe, Brussels (AGE)
- Eurocarers, Luxembourg (EuCa)
- Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom (SHU)
- Latvian Council of Science, Latvia (LCS)
(Lead for User-driven Housing for Older People)
Founded in 1666, Lunds Universitet (ULUND) is today one of the largest, oldest and broadest universities in Scandinavia and is consistently ranked among the world's top 100 universities. It has an excellent academic reputation with a large number of visiting professors and international students. With eight faculties, ULUND’s activities cover education and research in engineering, science, law, social sciences, economics, medicine, humanities, theology, fine arts, music and drama. ULUND is in many respects Sweden’s most international higher education institution and has close cooperation and exchange agreements with a large number of universities around the world. ULUND has a strong track record as a partner in EC-funded projects. The central administration office for research services provides expert support to researchers involved in large scale national and international projects, safeguarding the management and administration quality of ULUND as a research partner.
Lunds Universitet (ULUND), as member of the research-intensive university networks Universitas 21 and the League of European Research Universities (LERU), and through its many internationally oriented research centres, is involved in range of international research activities related to INNOVAGE. More specifically, CASE and its director professor Susanne Iwarsson coordinated the ENABLE-AGE (FP5) on housing and health among very old people in five EU countries, and represented ULUND as a leading partner of FUTURAGE (FP7). In 2007, the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research granted Iwarsson and her co-applicants 10-year funding (SEK 56.75 million) to establish CASE and its Graduate School. The hallmark of this research is its specific emphasis on person-environment interactions, generating knowledge on positive and negative environmental influences on functional capacity, activity, participation, mobility, safety and health among older people and along the processes of ageing and disablement. CASE researchers have strong track records in methodological development, with the Housing Enabler methodology as the most acknowledged contribution. There is a strong emphasis on translating research results to practical solutions to the benefit of societal planning; in ordinary and sheltered housing, outdoor environments including traffic, and in public transportation. Iwarsson is also the coordinator of ULUND’s strategic research area in neuroscience, MultiPark.
The interdisciplinary Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments (CASE), hosted by the Department of Health Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine, will represent ULUND in the INNOVAGE. All personnel listed below will be employed by ULUND for their work on this project.
- Key personnel involved in the project
T. Svensson Senior researcher
S. Iwarsson Senior researcher
B. Slaug Post doc researcher
M. Haak Post doc researcher
S. Tomsone Post doc researcher
B. Slaug 1 Research engineer
Additional Project Assistants will join the team.
- Main tasks attributed to them in the project
Representing ULUND as a partner, CASE will coordinate WP2 and accomplish all tasks included. CASE will contribute to Tasks 2 and 7 in WP6.
- Short profile and previous relevant experience
Professor, PhD Susanne Iwarsson, reg. occupational therapist, is head of the Active & Healthy Ageing research team at the Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, ULUND. In 2003 she was promoted professor in occupational therapy; in 2005 she was appointed professor in gerontology and geriatric care. During 2006-2001 she was the pro-dean of the Faculty of Medicine, is director of CASE and also the coordinator of MultiPark. Iwarsson has published 110 original theoretical, methodological, and empirical articles in a wide range of international journals and 100 other publications. She has been the main supervisor of nine PhDs and four licentiates and the co-supervisor of another five, and is currently supervising ten candidates (as main or co-supervisor). She has been the Editor-in-chief for the Open Rehabilitation Journal and is a member of the editorial boards of four international journals. She has over the years attracted massive external funding from national and international funding sources. Among her current projects is “Innovative Senior Housing as an Experimental Arena”, funded by the Swedish Agency for Research and Innovation for Sustainable Growth (VINNOVA). Professor Iwarsson will lead WP 2 and be responsible for monitoring and supervising the entire scientific and administrative work. She will also lead and directly participate in the training of raters in WP2 Task 2. She will be involved in all Tasks where ULUND has a role, and represent ULUND in the ISC and at stakeholder meetings in WP6.
Associate professor, PhD Torbjörn Svensson, psychologist by training, has a long history in longitudinal studies being the director of the cohort sequential 80+ studies in Sweden, Canada, Iceland and Lithuania. He has published articles and book chapters on environmental gerontology and quality of life in old age. He also is serving as an advisor to the Canadian Institute on Health Research on ageing studies. Associate professor Svensson will liaison with the coordinator, other partners and stakeholders regarding all of ULUND’s scientific and administrative work. He will be involved in all Tasks where ULUND has a role. He will be ULUND’s deputy representative in the ISC and at stakeholder meetings in WP6.
Assistant Senior Lecturer, PhD Maria Haak, reg. occupational therapist, served as a project assistant during the ENABLE-AGE Project and based her PhD thesis on data from that project. She is experienced in qualitative research involving older people, but she also has 10 years’ experience of instructing and coordinating survey study staff in national and cross-national projects. For several years, she has been actively involved in research at Riga Stradins University, Latvia. Dr. Haak will be involved in all WP2 Tasks and will be responsible for training the Swedish panellists in Task 5. She will coordinate all data collection in Task 3 and Swedish data collection in Tasks 1 and 5.
Research engineer/Post-doc, PhD (will graduate 1 June, 2012), Björn Slaug, has been engaged in the Housing Enabler methodology development since 1995. He has professional expertise from data management and core competence in statistical simulations. Over the years, he has been involved in software development, in collaboration with SMEs, in Sweden and abroad. He was involved in the ENABLE-AGE Project and has the main responsibility for management of the cross-national database generated during the project. Dr. Slaug will be involved in all WP2 Tasks, with specific responsibility for Task 4 and data quality assurance for all data collected. He will also be involved in the training of raters in WP2 Task 2..
Post-doc, PhD, Signe Tomsone, MD, occupational therapist, is assistant professor for Faculty of Rehabilitation at the Riga Stradiņs University (RSU), Riga, Latvia. She also is part-time employed as a researcher at the Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments (CASE) at ULUND. She was trained as a physician and occupational therapist and received her Ph.D. in medicine at RSU. Her research interests are person-environment transaction, healthy ageing and meaning of everyday occupations, individual adaptation strategies to the changes of functional abilities, housing and assistive devices in old age. She was national project leader of the Latvian part of the European study ENABLE-AGE on the relationships of housing and health in later life. Dr. Tomsone will coordinate with the subcontractor for data collection in Latvia in Tasks 1 and 5. She will also be responsible for training the Latvian panellists in Task 5.