Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

Urban Regeneration and the ‘Loss’ of Community: a study of older people’s experiences of urban change

This is the first seminar in the Autumn/ Winter series of MICRA seminars delivered as part of the Ambition for Ageing programme.

  • Date: Tuesday 24th October 2017
  • Time: 14:00-15:30
  • Venue: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ (travel directions)
  • Booking: To book please register on the following link 

During this session, we will be joined by Camilla Lewis who will be speaking about her research. She has investigated how older people’s thoughts on community and belonging have changed because of their experiences of urban change.

The research focuses on two social settings in East Manchester which were under threat of closure – a coffee morning and a market. In these settings, older long-standing residents made community by sharing stories about the loss of social ties.

The research looks at how place and identity can change due to the drastic physical transformation of a place.

During the session, Camilla will argue that we cannot dismiss older people’s perspectives as a form of nostalgia. Instead, we must explore how stories about the past also influence the way in which social relationships are experienced in the present.

Camilla Lewis is Research Fellow at the School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester. Her research centres on the themes of urban change, belonging and community with a strong methodological focus, spanning a variety of ethnographic, qualitative as well as longitudinal approaches. She is currently working on the project, ‘Ambition for Ageing: A collaborative approach to combating social isolation in Greater Manchester’ with the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO).

To book your place at this seminar, please follow this link.

If you have any questions, please contact Juliette on or 0161 277 1001.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017