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Sophie Handler

Sophie Handler is an urban researcher/practitioner who uses a mixed toolkit of methods to explore people's changing relationship to urban space in older age.
From participative urban interventions and 'alternative writing strategies', through to research/policy development Sophie has chosen to work in a variety of different spaces, settings and formats. Over the last seven years her projects have ranged from the production of a Large Print psychogeographic novel on ageing (written to explore the spatial dimensions of growing old in Newham) to the evaluation of the ‘homeliness’ of a specialist care unit for dementia patients in Lambeth. She recently completed a practice-led PhD at the Bartlett, UCL, on alternative spatial practices in older age and is currently working with the University of Manchester and Manchester City Council supporting the development and application of 'Age-Friendly' concepts into local urban policy and practice.

She is chair of a new RIBA working group on Research and Ageing – and is working as co-investigator on an AHRC-funded project with Professor Floral Samuel exploring the role of architecture and design in supporting older people’s wellbeing.