Professor Stefan White

Stefan is an architect researching and practicing the architecture and urbanism of social and environmental sustainability. Stefan is Co-director of the PHASE research and delivery group (Place-Health Architecture Space Environment) at the Manchester School of Architecture. PHASE is a research and architecture consultancy based at the Manchester School of Architecture working collaboratively to understand and create healthier places. Working in partnership with City Council’s, Registered Housing Providers, UK Government, Health and Care providers and Local Communities, as well as with international networks of researchers. Over the last decade we have developed innovative cross-sector projects working to make cities and neighbourhoods more inclusive. Focusing on multiply-excluded populations with an emphasis on experiences across the life-course, we have developed approaches to delivering age-friendly city policy in local contexts recognised as exemplary by the World Health Organisation and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. 

Aims: To develop local, regional, national and international policy guidance in relation to established Age Friendly Neighbourhoods research and delivery expertise.

Objective 1: Develop a policy guide for developing Age Friendly Places with the GM Housing Providers group This will build on our partnership (and signed MoU) with Southway Housing Trust in working with the GM registered housing providers group (including up to 28 providers across GM), Chaired by Karen Mitchell, Chief Executive, Southway.

Objective 2: Develop partnership ‘age-friendly’ response to the GM Spatial Framework My previous work on age-friendly Housing and Place-Health and specific previous research with Manchester partners has established a basis for supporting strategic and delivery responses to the new GM Spatial Framework. Being based in the GMCA office and working with key GM officers leading the development of the Framework will enable practical discussions on specific contributions related to the GM providers identified needs in response to the Age Friendly Neighbourhood guidance and toolkits above.

Objective 3: Develop Ageing, Place-Health and Urbanisation partnership between MMU and GM Ageing Hub and the UK Centre for Ageing Better Our long-term partnership with Manchester City Council around Age Friendly Neighbourhoods, as well as many other aspects of the MCC ageing strategy, has led the way in strategic thinking and approaches to delivery of a number of practical projects across the city. This is an opportunity to enable the take up of our existing research support across the GM region. This will be developed through the signing of and MoU between MMU and GMCA.

Objective 4: Support integration of Place-Health approaches across MMU (for example the HP&SC Teaching Care Home University concept) with GM wide policy platforms Working internally at MMU in partnership around the concept of Place-Health with colleagues from HP&SC, HLSS and S&E in relation to the above objectives and wider partnership goals such as the vertical and horizontal integration of health and social care and environmental services across the GM region in relation to devolution.

‘This is the next step in a long-term upward trajectory of engaging with policy makers and practitioners and developing regional, national and international partnerships for sharing and disseminating my research around age-friendly cities and communities. This is currently manifest in the instigation (alongside HoS Prof. T Jefferies) of a new Place-Health research group PHASE (Place Health Architecture Space and Environment) based in the Manchester School of Architecture but working with colleagues in HP&SC, HLSS and S&E on a range of programmes around Place-Health (and Ageing). This opportunity has been further bolstered by the Metropolis-led response to the UKGov housing for older people inquiry submission which has been used by the GM Ageing Hub as the basis for its current response to the Spatial Framework. The main focus of this fellowship will be working with the GM Housing Provider group to develop a new programme of age-friendly initiatives drawing on our decade long research on the role of community activation in place-based programmes of well-being’.