Mary Jean Hande is a postdoctoral fellow in family studies and gerontology at Mount Saint Vincent University. Her recent doctoral research at the University of Toronto examined alternative community-based disability care formations, political consciousness, and organizing in the context of austerity in Ontario. Building on this, her postdoctoral research looks at transnational political economies of caring for older and disabled people. Her work is published in a variety of venues, including popular magazines, academic journals, academic websites and edited volumes.
Chunhua Chen is a second year PhD student at the University of Bath in UK studying social policy. Her research interests are social welfare, social policy and inequality. Her PhD research, Policymaking for Long-term Care Provision for Older Disabled People in China−A Comparative Study of Beijing and Shanghai Municipality, intends to reveal welfare policymaking processes in China. She holds a master's degree in public administration from Leiden University, the Netherlands. Prior to returning to university for her PhD research, she worked for a leading think-tank in Beijing in the field of social policy and the Red Cross Society of China.
Chungsun Lee is a PhD candidate at University of Tokyo. Her research interests cover socio-cultural policies and dynamics of health, wellness, and interdisciplinary studies regarding cultural resources. As a winner of the Outstanding Paper/ Design Work Presentation Award at 26th UIA 2017, she has presented her works at international conferences including UNESCO and ICOMOS. While working in Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) from 2004 to 2014, she participated in various volunteering activities with regards to aging and care in socio-cultural perspectives. Her social contributions include winning first class prizes for the Achievement of Outstanding Services in Labor-management Cooperation twice, for both excellent personal section and group section in 2013 and 2009 at KEPCO.
Yutaro Ohashi PhD, is an associate professor of the department of information technology and media design at Nippon Institute of Technology, Japan. He graduated from Graduated School of Media and Governance at Keio University with a PhD. He has been conducting research on service learning and project-based learning in computer science education, game-based learning environment design, and ICT use in an informal learning setting. His research projects received several awards including Good Design Award, Kids Design Award, and an educational award hosted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan.
Chao is finishing his PhD degree in sociology in the Centre for Death and Society (CDAS), the University of Bath. His PhD thesis is developing a new approach to bereavement research by introducing a sociological concept of ‘motivation’ to explore individual bereavement experience, based on qualitative data collected from Britain, Japan, and China. Apart from his academic engagements, Chao has also actively been involving a range of developments of international collaborations. In 2016, Chao helped CDAS open up a ground-breaking dialogue with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) on death, dying and bereavement research between the west and east.
Dr Junjie Huang is a research associate and cooperation project manager at the Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA), the University of Sheffield, UK. He has been involved in the ODESSA (optimizing care delivery models to support aging-in-place) project since Feb 2017 and has contributed to the older people's network analysis, the age-friendly environment and the ageing-in-place scenario building and evaluation via various ODESSA research activities.
Junjie holds a PhD in architecture from the University of Sheffield, and both a MArch and BArch from Tsinghua University. His practice, research, and teaching combine interests in inclusive design, human behavior, architectural psychology, social and environmental network analysis, AI-assisted design, sustainable building, and smart home technology.
Sarah Noone recently completed her PhD at the University of the West of Scotland, exploring the lived experience of community gardening for people with dementia. Prior to commencing her doctoral study, Sarah developed a variety of outdoor community engagement initiatives, and she seeks to contribute to the knowledge base concerning the value of such projects through her research. Sarah's research interests include the relationship between nature and well-being, particularly in relation to dementia; the intersections between community gardening, human rights, and citizenship; and holistic, collaborative approaches to community-based support for people with dementia.
Tassya is a PhD student at the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Surrey, UK. Her thesis explores the intersection of tourism, mobility and retirement with a specific sociocultural focus on transnational retirees of Thai descent. She is particularly interested in the social relationships, identities, and lifestyles of ageing groups with a migratory background. Previously, Tassya worked as a lecturer in tourism management at Khon Kaen University, Thailand. She obtained her MSc in events management from Bournemouth University, UK, and BA in travel industry management from Mahidol University, Thailand.
Sumiyo Brennan is a PhD student at J.F. Oberlin University in Japan having earlier completed her master of arts in interior design and gerontology at San Francisco State University. Her research study focuses on older adults’ quality of life and environmental facility design for dementia care. She is a certified administrator of Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly in the State of California, and a certified community health worker in San Francisco. She has experience in professional areas including but not limited to serving as a resident assistant at a long-term care facility, and interning and volunteering at several non-profit senior facilities across Northern California.
Madelaine Ley is a PhD candidate in science and technology studies researching the ethics of using social robots in elderly care, focusing particularly on how physical contact with robots shapes emotional intimacy and affects feelings of loneliness. Her academic work, including a master’s in philosophy and bioethics, is all motivated by a desire to better understand human companionship. This work is largely shaped by her eleven years working and volunteering with Boarding Homes Ministry (BHM), an organization that gathers small communities of care in Toronto’s inner-city.
Lintje is a seasonal academic and postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Business (Tourism) at The University of Queensland in Australia. Her research interests are related to older travel-related decision making, positive psychology, leisure-service experiences and subjective wellbeing.
Yeonjung Jane Lee’s research interests are in productive aging (work, volunteering, and care giving), social determinants of health, cognitive health, disabilities, and health disparities among disadvantaged older adults. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social welfare from UC Berkeley and Seoul National University, respectively.
Philip Corran is a third year PhD student in the School of Population Health & Environmental Sciences at King’s College London. Before undertaking his PhD he completed an MA in social research at Goldsmiths College and an undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Manchester. His PhD explores the everyday mobility of older disabled Londoners, focusing on their experiences in being mobile in an urban setting, the strategies they employ in expressing and maintaining their mobility and how these factors relate to their health and well-being.
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