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Niamh Kavanagh

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Niamh Kavanagh is a Postdoctoral Researcher working on a project entitled 'Co-creating age-friendly housing: a collaborative research approach to improving the experience of ageing in place' with Dr Mark Hammond (Manchester School of Architecture) and Dr Alan Lewis (Department of Architecture, UoM), amongst others. The research aims to develop and explore place-based age-friendly initiatives to improve the experience of ageing in place in social housing, realised through innovative collaborative research partnerships between older people, Registered Social Housing Providers (RPs) and academics. 

Niamh completed her PhD in Sociology (UoM) in July 2022, which explored working-class experiences of urban displacement in Salford. Her research interests span the urban, including redevelopment/gentrification, displacement, materaility, social housing, demolition, focusing on class and social injustices for marginalised groups. Niamh also adopts a strong theoretical focus, including temporality, drawing on theories from outside of urban scoiology/geography to illuminate experiences of the urban in different ways. 

Niamh also worked as a Research Associate from 2019-2021 on a project entitled 'Developing age-friendly communities in the Northern Gateway project', working with social scientists and architects linked to the Manchester Urban Ageing Research Group (MUARG). Working with with regeneration stakeholders from the local council and redevelopment company as well as local residents and service providers, this project explored how a forthcoming large-scale urban redevelopment in the city of Manchester could adopt age-friendly prinicples, focusing on the area of Collyhurst. A report from the project can be found here: https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/developing-age-friendly-communities-in-the-northern-gateway-urban-regeneration-project/

Niamh has taught on both theoretical and research method-based modules in Sociology from 2018-2022, and delivered guest lectures at both University of Manchester and University of Salford.

Niamh is also a member of the Manchester Urban Ageing Research Group (MUARG) and has links to the Morgan Centre for Reesearch into Everyday Lives (Sociology, UoM). 

 

Qualifications

PhD Sociology (University of Manchester) - awarded July 2022 entitled 'Urban Displacement in Salford: A Temporal, Relational and Biographical Analysis'

MSC Sociological Research (University of Manchester) - 2017

BSocSci Sociology (University of Manchester) 2016

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Keywords

  • urban sociology
  • Social Class
  • urban redevelopment
  • social theory
  • cities
  • displacement

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