About the NDA programme

The New Dynamics of Ageing Programme is a eight year multidisciplinary research initiative with the ultimate aim of improving quality of life of older people. The programme is a unique collaboration between five UK Research Councils - ESRC, EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC and AHRC - and is the largest and most ambitious research programme on ageing ever mounted in the UK.

The programme aims to develop practical policy and implementation guidance and novel scientific, technological and design responses to help older people enjoy better quality lives as they age. This requires integrating understandings of the changing meanings, representations and experiences of ageing and the key factors shaping them (including behavioural, biological, clinical, cultural, historical, social, economic and technological), through direct engagement with older people and user organisations. The programme will harness inputs from a wide range of disciplines to reveal the dynamic interplay between ageing individuals and their changing technological, cultural, social and physical environments - local, national and global - and to develop methods and means for overcoming the consequent constraints on the quality of life of older people.

Further details are available on the ESRC website

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES

The overall aim of this Programme is to advance our understanding of the dynamics of ageing from a multidisciplinary perspective. Thus the central questions are:

The research challenge is clear: it is essential to harness inputs from a wide range of disciplines to reveal the dynamic interplay between ageing individuals and their changing technological, cultural, social and physical environments - local, national and global - and to develop methods and means which will allow us to overcome current constraints on the quality of life of older people.

The central objectives of the Programme are:

NDA Programme Specification (pdf)

Get our newsletter

I agree to the Terms and Conditions
Find out more about our newsletter

Latest News

Read more