Learning resource centre

A three-minute introduction to the Mobility, Mood and Place research project, focusing on what we found and why our research matters.


Image from co-design work by Roseanne Knight, Jonathon Phillips, Stephanie Sharpe and older people in Manchester

BLOG POST > Co-design and the Commonplace

A guest article by Professor Catharine Ward Thompson for Scotregen, the online journal of Scotland’s Independent Regeneration Network, SURF. Responding to the theme of Community Empowerment, Catharine focuses on the use of participatory, co-design activities in MMP, and what we’ve learned from this work about older people, regeneration and place.


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BLOG POST > Designing life course public spaces for all

A report on the fifth event in the ‘Feeling Good in Public Spaces’ series co-hosted by the ARCC Network and Feeling Good Foundation. MMP’s Máire Cox was the first speaker at the event, which also featured presenters from IBI Group (where the event was held), Ross Atkin Associates, Centre for Accessible Environments, and the Architecture for All Workgroup of the International Union of Architects.


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PODCAST > What makes a place age-friendly?

An interview with MMP researchers, Dr Katherine Brookfield and Dr Sara Tilley, recorded during a week of co-design activities on the Northern Scottish islands of Orkney. Hosted by Orkney Podcasts. Duration: 14 mins 59 secs


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BLOG POST > Uncover Place through Co-design

An interview by US blogger, Elizabeth Housley, with MMP team members Dr Katherine Brookfield and Iain Scott. Primarily focusing on our first topic, Co-created environments, the interview includes the researchers’ insights into the co-design process.


General view of a project event

VIDEO > Habitats for Happy Ageing

Highlights from our free event at the University of Edinburgh celebrating the UN International Day of Happiness 2015. Hosted by vimeo. Duration: 02 mins 31 secs


HfHA Neil Thin freezeframeVIDEO > The Joys of Getting Out and About: Mobility, Mood, and Place

Opening presentation from Habitats for Happy Ageing, our free event celebrating the UN International Day of Happiness 2015. The speaker is Dr Neil Thin, a Co-investigator on Mobility, Mood and Place, Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh and researcher and writer on happiness and wellbeing. Hosted by vimeo. Duration: 16 mins 08 secs


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VIDEO > Happy Brain Places and Spaces in Later Life

Second presentation from Habitats for Happy Ageing, our free event celebrating the UN International Day of Happiness 2015. The speaker is Dr Val Bissland, a psychology tutor at the University of Strathclyde, keen photographer and filmmaker, and champion of creative ageing. Hosted by vimeo. Duration: 12 mins 26 secs


Link to video of lecture

VIDEO > Correlated Component Regression

Guest lecture by Gary Bennett, Founder and Managing Director of Logit Research, on Correlated Component Regression, a new method of high dimensional analysis. Hosted by the University of Edinburgh. Duration: 1 hr 46 secs


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VIDEO > Social Capital and Population Health

Public lecture given by our visiting International Expert Advisor, Harvard University’s Professor Ichiro Kawachi, at Edinburgh College of Art in February 2015. Hosted by vimeo.
Duration: 01 hr 01 min 48 secs


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VIDEO > Co-creative design work at the ECA Degree Show June 2015

MMP team member, Iain Scott, and Master of Architecture student, Ekaterina Shirkina, introduce us to the co-creative design work produced by final year students at Edinburgh College of Art, in collaboration with older people in Hackney Wick, London, over the 2014-2015 academic year. Hosted by vimeo. Duration: 01 min 23 secs


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VIDEO > Co-created Age-Friendly Environments II – Hackney Wick

A short film, by Three Point Photography, showcasing models and drawings for Hackney Wick produced by final year Architecture and Landscape Architecture students at Edinburgh College of Art in collaboration with older people in London. Filmed at the ECA Degree Show 2015. Hosted by vimeo. Duration: 06 min 24 secs


BLOG POST > Insights into our ‘life course of place’ project. Part 1: constructing residential histories over seven decades

Article by MMP team member, Catherine Tisch, on the challenges of accessing historical neighbourhood-level environmental data so that we can investigate whether, and how, where we live over our lifetime influences our health. The article appears on the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health (CRESH) blog and is referenced in the summer 2015 edition of the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936 newsletter, The Disconnected Mind. Published 25th June 2015.


BLOG POST > Nature versus smartphones

Article by MMP team member, Richard Coyne, posted on his blog, Reflections on Technology, Media & Culture.  The article summarises, and links through to, Richard’s cover story in Interactions magazine Issue 21(5) in which he explores some of the evidence for the restorative effects of natural environments, drawing on work by MMP colleagues including Jenny Roe, Peter Aspinall and Catharine Ward Thompson. Published 4th October 2014.


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VIDEO > Co-creative design work at the ECA Degree Show June 2014

MMP team member, Iain Scott, introduces us to the co-creative design work produced by final year Master of Architecture students at Edinburgh College of Art, in collaboration with older people in Manchester and Edinburgh. Filmed at the ECA Degree Show 2014, the video features graduating architects Jonathon Phillips, Stephanie Sharpe and Roseanne Knight, and work by Sarah Lawson, Elise Rasmussen, Michael Sim and Mark Scott. Hosted by vimeo. Duration: 02 mins 20 secs


Still from Three Point Photography videoVIDEO > Co-created Age Friendly Environments

A short film, by Three Point Photography, showcasing the co-creative design work produced by final year Master of Architecture students at Edinburgh College of Art, in collaboration with older people in Manchester and Edinburgh. Filmed at the ECA Degree Show 2014, the video features work by Roseanne Knight, Sarah Lawson, Jonathan Phillips, Elise Rasmussen, Mark Scott, Stephanie Sharpe and Michael Sim. Hosted by vimeo. Duration: 02 mins 42 secs


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VIDEO > Why is urban health so unequal?

Public lecture by MMP team member, Jamie Pearce, recorded on 7th May 2014, at Resilient Cities (Urbanisation and Health); part of the University of Edinburgh’s Global Academies’ Environment and Health Under the Microscope series. Hosted by YouTube.
Duration: 25 mins 17 secs


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VIDEO> What constitutes salutogenic environments?

Public lecture by MMP team member, Catharine Ward Thompson, recorded on 7th May 2014, at Resilient Cities (Urbanisation and Health); part of the University of Edinburgh’s Global Academies’ Environment and Health Under the Microscope series. Hosted by YouTube.
Duration: 21 mins 33 secs


PRESS ARTICLE > My work space – Professor Ian Deary

Illustrated feature on MMP team member, Ian Deary, on pages 16-17 of the spring 2014 issue of network, the journal of the Medical Research Council. See also article on Lifelong Health and Wellbeing on pages 12-13 of the same issue.


BLOG POST > The best years of our lives? 

Guest post by MMP team member, Catharine Ward Thompson, on Age Scotland blog. Previews the British Academy Big Debate (featuring Catharine and MMP colleague, Ian Deary) and highlights the issues raised by MMP. Published 12th March 2014.


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VIDEO > Anthea Tinker at the Housing LIN Extra Care Housing annual conference

MMP team member, Anthea Tinker, speaking at the Housing LIN Extra Care Housing Annual Conference in London on 18th February 2014. While detailing evidence from a Technology Strategy Board-funded study on living in the community in older age, she also gives a brief introduction to MMP. Hosted by YouTube. Duration: 22 mins 01 sec


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VIDEO > Engaging the Brain

A short documentary by MMP collaborator, Panos Mavros, about the 2013 pilot study for MMP Topic 2, Environment and affect which used mobile EEG to analyse outdoor physical activity. Hosted by vimeo. Duration: 03 mins 52 secs


REPORT > Health and wellbeing: The contribution of the arts and humanities 

Publication by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Published 4th June 2013.


PRESS ARTICLE > Parks make us smarter – science proves it! 

Article by US journalist, Henry Grabar, featuring Topic 2 and an interview with MMP team member, Richard Coyne, on Salon.com. Published 21st September 2013.


PRESS RELEASE > Thousands to Shape £8 million Age-Friendly Design Projects 

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) press release mentioning MMP and other projects funded under Lifelong Health and Wellbeing.
Published 4th September 2013.


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VIDEO > You really should get out more!

Public lecture by MMP team member, Catharine Ward Thompson, recorded on Tuesday 11th December 2012 at the Business School, University of Edinburgh. Includes presentation of evidence from an EPSRC-funded study on inclusive, age-friendly access to neighbourhoods and open spaces, Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I’DGO), and other OPENspace research. Hosted by YouTube. Duration: 01 hr 01 min 31 secs


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VIDEO > Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre

MMP team member, John Starr, introduces us to the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre and its links with the Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network, specifically its Dementia Research Interest Register and the Scottish Dementia Brain Tissue Bank.
Hosted by YouTube. Duration: 03 mins 46 secs


VIDEO > Is Green Good for You? Health and Access to Natural Environments

Public lecture by MMP team member, Catharine Ward Thompson, recorded on Tuesday 16th October 2012 at the Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre, University of Edinburgh, as part of the University’s Our Changing World public lecture series. Includes presentation of evidence from Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors. Hosted by YouTube. Duration: 01 hr 16 mins 44 secs


VIDEO > What is CCACE?

An introduction by MMP team member, Ian Deary, to the work of the Centre for Cognitive Ageing & Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE) at the University of Edinburgh. Published on 29th November 2011. Hosted by YouTube. Duration: 03 mins 44 secs


Reflections on Digital Media & Culture Blog by MMP team member, Richard Coyne


Open space for the health & wellbeing of all Blog by MMP team member, Jenny Roe