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Co-research with older people: an em-power-ing engagement?

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Mary Seacole Building

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The idea of co-research ‘with’ and ‘by’ older people is increasingly viewed as an essential element in undertaking ageing research. Yet little published work has discussed whether or how co-production can be practically realised, and the conceptual, methodological and ethical challenges and dilemmas it represents. This presentation addresses the need for a critical evaluation of the benefits and challenges associated with involving older adults as partners in the research process. To examine this issue, data will be presented from a qualitative study in which older people were involved as co-researchers in all stages of a project aimed at developing ‘age-friendly’ communities in Manchester. Through a series of reflection meetings with different stakeholders throughout the project, critical insights were generated into the experiences of older people as they stepped beyond the traditional role of consultee to that of interviewer and researcher. The presentation concludes with a discussion of the lessons learned from the project, and suggests three key principles for developing co-production approaches in ageing research.

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Dr Tine Buffel completed her Ph.D at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) where she holds an honorary position. She joined Sociology and the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing in 2012 as a EU Marie Curie Fellow researching co-production and age-friendly communities. Tine currently leads the project ‘Urban Ageing and Social Exclusion’ - a comparative study of social exclusion among older people living in urban areas in three EU nation states, funded through the UK ESRC Future Research Leaders scheme.

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