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The project will be progressed through three phases: 1) developing an understanding of the contexts for the research and data gathering; 2) translating this into meaningful outputs for knowledge exchange; and 3) dissemination and impact.
These phases will then be taken forward through seven work packages (WP).
WP1: Project management and communication - to ensure effective project management and communication with the project team and other partners, delivery of all outputs and ultimate achievement of research aim.
WP2: Walkability, physical disorder and the built environment - to capture the built environment attributes of Curitiba and Belfast that may support or impede physical activity of older adults, develop tools for specifically measuring ‘older adults’ walkability’, using Google Street View audit the built environments of Curitiba and Belfast for physical disorder and draw out comparative insights between built environments in Brazil and the UK.
WP3: Older adults’ physical activity and the built environment - to build on findings of WP2 to investigate and compare the relationship between features of the built environment with physical activity and sedentary time in older adults in the UK/Brazil, investigate the associations between objective and perceived environment measures with physical functioning/BMI/specific age-related attributes.
WP4: The institutional delivery of age walkable places - to comparatively map the policy actors, institutions, programmes, staff, skills and resources involved in ageing and walkable environments in Brazil/UK.
WP5: Knowledge translation in Brazilian and UK cities - to identify knowledge translation and transfer mechanisms adopted in Curitiba and Belfast around healthy ageing to make recommendations for accommodating the needs of older adults in the planning, social and health services in Brazilian cities.
WP6: Stakeholder engagement – to give older people and other stakeholders in Curitiba and Belfast a voice in helping shape the research and policy agenda and directly advising on the research approach, its analysis and outputs.
WP7: Dissemination, reporting and ongoing impact activities - to ensure research findings are disseminated to key and diverse audiences comprising of academic researchers, policy makers, advocacy groups, older adults, and other research users.