The impact of population ageing in rural areas is relatively under-researched in the UK. The aim of this interdisciplinary research programme is to investigate the circumstances, experiences and quality of life impact of older people's inclusion ('connectivity') in rural civic society. The research employs a mixed methods framework of quantitative and qualitative methods and perspectives from the arts and humanities, transport studies, the social and geographic sciences and informatics to characterise key aspects of older people's connectivities (ie, cultural, spatial, social, economic and technological) in rural community life and the role which these links play in facilitating civic engagement. The research is being carried out in six case study areas in South West England and Wales and addresses the following principal questions:

  • How and in what ways are older people connected to civic society in these rural settings?
  • What is the impact of this connectivity on older people's quality of life in rural areas?
  • How is later life experienced across diverse rural contexts and within subgroups of older people?
  • How can novel interdisciplinary approaches be used to capture and disseminate evidence about older people's participation in and contributions to rural civic society, ie, as a source of rural community capital?


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Countryside connections: Older people, community and place in rural Britain

Co-editor: Catherine Hennessy Date: 29 April 2014 Book

Grey and Pleasant Land: Engaging with the Project Findings on Older People's Participation in Rural Community Life

Author: Catherine Hennessy Date: 05 April 2013 Presentation/lecture

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Collecting Older Lesbians' and Gay Men's Stories of Rural Life in South West England and Wales: "We Were Obviously Gay Girls ... (So) He Removed His Cow From Our Field"

Author: Kip Jones Date: 01 April 2013 Journal article

Beyond the Book: new forms of academic communication

Speaker: Kip Jones Date: 26 March 2013 Seminar/workshop

5 Minutes with Kip Jones: 'We engage in the creative process and open new doors to communication'

Interviewee: Kip Jones Date: 26 March 2013 Article (submitted)

Film-making as Social Research: The making of Rufus Stone

Speaker: Kip Jones Date: 26 March 2013 Organised event

Cinema screening of Rufus Stone

Speaker: Kip Jones Date: 26 March 2013 Organised event

The dimensionality of ‘place attachment’ for older people in rural areas of England and Wales

Author: Vanessa Burholt Date: 01 January 2013 Journal article

Research on rural ageing : where have we got to and where are we going in Europe?

Author: Vanessa Burholt Date: 01 January 2013 Journal article

Older people and poverty in rural Britain : material hardships, cultural denials and social inclusions

Author: Paul Milbourne Date: 01 January 2013 Journal article

Communities of place and communities of interest? : an exploration of their changing role in later life

Author: Robin Means Date: 01 January 2013 Journal article

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Transport-related social exclusion amongst older people in rural Southwest England and Wales

Author: Ian Shergold Date: 01 January 2013 Journal article

“Either side of Delphy Bridge” : a deep mapping project evoking and engaging the lives of older adults in rural North Cornwall

Author: Jane Bailey Date: 01 January 2013 Journal article

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Modernisation and devolution : modernizing services for older people in rural areas

Author: Shane Doheny Date: 01 January 2013 Journal article

Bournemouth University Annual Review 2012

Interviewee: Kip Jones Date: 25 December 2012 Bulletin article

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The role of trust in the development of connectivities amongst rural elders in England and Wales

Author: Nigel Curry Date: 20 December 2012 Journal article

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Review of secondary data sources : what does existing data tell us about older people in rural areas?

Author: Simon Evans Date: 30 August 2012 Other Report

Modalities of connectivity for healthy ageing in the community

Author: Graham Parkhurst Date: 03 August 2012 Seminar/workshop

Facilitating discretionary mobility amongst seniors in rural areas : findings from the NDA project ‘grey and pleasant land’ on older people's connectivity in rural civic society

Author: Graham Parkhurst Date: 03 August 2012 Seminar/workshop

Research on rural gerontology : where have we got to and where are we going?

Speaker: Vanessa Burholt Date: 02 August 2012 Seminar/workshop

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Tin can Tommy & rusty bum : memories of leisure lives

Author: Catherine Hennessy Date: 01 August 2012 Organised event

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Tin can Tommy & rusty bum : memories of leisure lives

Author: Catherine Hennessy Date: 01 August 2012 Organised event

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Born in the wheel of a wagon : portraits of life and leisure on the road

Creator: Yvette Staelens Date: 01 August 2012 Organised event

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Failures and success in using webcasts, discussion forums, Twitter, and email to engage older people and other stakeholders in rural ageing

Author: Ray Jones Date: 26 July 2012 Article (submitted)

A continuum of mobilities for understanding connectivity amongst older people

Author: Graham Parkhurst Date: 11 July 2012 Conference paper/presentation

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Start date
02 January 2009
End date
30 March 2012
Grant holder
Professor Catherine Hennessy
Co-applicants
Dr Kip Jones
Dr Andrew Phippen
Dr Inocencio Maramba
Dr Charles Musselwhite
Ms Yvette Staelens
Dr Thomas Abba
Professor Ray Jones
Professor Nigel Curry
Professor Graham Peter Parkhurst
Professor George Giarchi
Professor Vanessa Burholt
Ms Jillian Pooler
Professor Les Todres
Professor Paul Milbourne
Dr Fraser Reid
Professor Robin Means
Professor Kathleen Galvin
Professor Judith Phillips
Dr Rosie Read
Dr Iain Biggs
Grant amount
£1,066,468.04
Grant reference
RES-353-25-0011
Discipline
No Lead Discipline
Grant type