Project Purpose

We believe this is going to be a ground-breaking project where lived experiences, as well as analysis of existing quantitative and qualitative data sets will inform our evidence-base.

At the heart of this work is the development and implementation of a new Inclusive Living Toolkit with a focus on not only understanding how stigma intersects with age, place and disability but then recommends and works with organisations to make real home and environmental changes that can create positive change. We plan to establish an Inclusive Living Alliance, which will comprise of organisations willing to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the new Inclusive Living Toolkit in relation to their service provision/practices.

We also aim to examine inequalities and stigma to develop interventions related to home and environmental modifications that encourage inclusive approaches which support people to age well within homes and communities across England, Scotland and Wales.


The Intersectional Stigma of Place-Based Ageing (ISPA) Project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and runs from September 2022 to September 2027.

The project is a collaboration between the University of Stirling and the University of St Andrews, Newcastle University and University of Bristol. We are also partnered with the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (Housing LIN) and Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).