Spotlight: Catalyst Grants

Published: Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Gilbrea members receive McMaster Institute for Research on Aging/Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging Catalyst Grants

Congratulations to Gilbrea members Bruce Newbold, Gavin Andrews, James Dunn, Amanda Grenier, Alexandra Papaioannou and Darren Scott on their recent McMaster Institute for Research on Aging/Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging Catalyst Grants.

"Meanings of (Im)mobilities: A 'New Mobilities' Perspective" will unite scholars from a range of disciplinary backgrounds in social sciences (i.e., social work, social gerontology, kinesiology, health geography), with colleagues from Science and Health Sciences to explore how mobility – and immobility—are conceptualized and understood. The project employs language that combines mobility and immobility as a means of questioning taken for granted assumptions of mobility as static or fixed. An embedded case study design will be used to explore the meanings of (im)mobilities at contrasting locations, employing observations and interviews  (narrative and walk along) to gain a deep appreciation of understandings and experiences. 

"Implications of Driving Cessation amongst Canada’s Elderly Living in Rural and Small Urban Communities" will contribute to a more nuanced understanding of the challenges older adults living in rural areas and small towns face when it comes to their travel options and behaviours, with research outcomes enabling improved transport planning. 

For more information on these two projects, please visit our research page.