I am Associate Professor in Gerontology at the Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA) and head up the group’s environments and ageing research strand. I am Operational Director of the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR), an initiative to develop and enhance research, policy and practice for older people across Wales. I completed his PhD at the Transportation Research Group, University of Southampton in 2004 and have worked at Bournemouth University (2003-2006), then University West of England in the pioneering Centre for Transport & Society (2006-2013). My research has involved several invited International and national presentations at conferences and invited presentations to the House of Commons and House of Lords. I make frequent appearances on radio and television across the world and am keen to engage my research with the public and I have spoken at two British Science Festivals. I have published over 30 journal articles, 17 book chapters, 4 edited books and have a further 40+ publications and have been PI or Co-I in research projects totalling over £7m addressing technological, environmental, health and sustainability contexts of transportation and built environment studies spanning four interconnected areas:
Road user safety and ageing
Older people, travel behaviour change and health and wellbeing
Giving up driving in later life
Attitudes to transport and travel
I have advised the United Kingdom (UK) parliament on older people’s transport issues and is am an executive committee member of the British Society of Gerontology (BSG), where I've currently edited their journal Generation's Review, from volume 24(1) onwards. I co-lead the Special Interest Group at BSG on mobilities and transport in later life and using this to generate network and interest in this field from within and outside academia. I am also a member of the International Association of Applied Psychology. I am a partner of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. My research has involved several invited International and national presentations at conferences and invited presentations to the House of Commons and House of Lords. I am keen to get my research out into the real world and work closely with UK, Welsh and local government, charities and third sector organisations and am keen on public engagement. I have presented at two British Science Festivals (2008 and 2016), and a Pint of Science event (2019) and written many articles for the general public. I have appeared on BBC TV and international radio stations on a variety of mobility and built environment topics and appear regularly on BBC Three Counties radio discussing older people’s issues. I am an Associate Editor for Journal of Transport & Health and on the editorial board for Ageing and Society and Research in Transportation Business & Management journals. I am a panel member for the United Kingdom's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). I am the University’s environment lead for the REF UoA20 and am Engagement and Societal Impact co-lead for the College of Human and Health Sciences. I completed my PhD at the Transportation Research Group back in 2004 at the University of Southampton exploring driver behaviour and attitudes to risk and spent some scary moments collecting in-vehicle data with young male “boy racer” drivers. I was delighted to be a runner-up in Swansea University's Research as Art competition 2013 and 2016.
I am an avid fan of Gosport Borough Football Club (and since moving to Wales, I follow the ups and downs of Port Talbot Town and Llanelli Town) and enjoy progressive rock music. I like living by the sea. I enjoy running, quite slowly, and have run four half marathons (PB 1h 51) and completed three 10km races (PB 49mins). I was delighted to be a runner-up in Swansea University's Research as Art competition 2013 and 2016.