Speaker: Dr Matthew Lariviere, Lecturer in Social Policy, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol
‘Ageing in place’ policy aims to define formal government and international support for practices designed to enable older people to continue to live independently in the community.
Care arrangements are often interchangeably called ‘home care’ and ‘community care’ despite distinctions between ‘home’ and ‘community’ as concepts in care and research.
In this seminar Matthew uses findings from two studies to problematise ‘ageing in place’ and its associations with 'home' and the 'community' in care policy and practice: i) an embedded ethnographic study with people with dementia and their carers using assistive technologies and telecare in a NIHR-funded trial in England, and ii) a recently completed ESRC-funded study with private and third sector organisations involved in the development and implementation of new technologies to support older adults and their carers.
Matthew draws on these materials to examine how two groups – technologists and older people – imagine and realise distinct approaches and spaces to ‘age in place’ through their respective design and use of assistive and digital technologies.
These findings highlight how ageing is not fully bounded by a single place but occurs in and between the person’s home, neighbourhood, community, and digital spaces, and, at times, all or some of them simultaneously.
About the Speaker:
Dr Matthew Lariviere is a social anthropologist whose research examines the possibilities of digital technology within social care and ageing futures. From 2018 – 2021, he held an ESRC Innovation Fellowship in the Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities at the University of Sheffield.
In 2020, Matthew received a New Research Pioneers Award in recognition for this research on emergent technologies to support ageing in place awarded by the N8 Research Partnership, a consortium of the eight most research-active universities in the North of England.
Deeply committed to interdisciplinary and non-academic engagement, Matthew has presented his work to academics, policy and practice partners, and the public across the UK, Europe, Australia, and North America.
He is the Chair and EU representative for IDIH Global's Inclusive Living Expert Group, an international consortium and fora for digital technology and healthy ageing, and a Co-Convenor of the European Association of Social Anthropologists’ Age and Generations Network.
Mathew is an elected Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Currently he is the Reviews Editor for the International Journal of Care and Caring
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