Europe's population is living increasingly longer and in better health. Without a doubt this is a major achievement of the past decades. However, the demographic change in most of European societies poses major economic and social challenges. European societies are increasingly called for to find solutions for and maintain a more balanced regional development and sustainable economic growth and recovery, despite or because of the aging populations.
Urbanisation, ageing population, and the ongoing challenge to achieve sustainable, “green” growth greatly influence and facilitate each other, having significant effects on today’s policy and economic development. Up to this moment, solutions provided in urban contexts are often not working, due to lack of understanding of both the social process underlying urban trends, as well as the needs of the ever increasing ageing population.
Creating pathways to better understand how the relationship between demographic changes and environmental friendly growth in urban settings can best work in order to realise and build liveable and more efficient communities in Europe, will eventually highly contribute to the creation of new knowledge in one of the most critical “Societal Challenges” across Europe, i.e. elderly needs within urban areas.
GRAGE is a 4 year Marie Skłodowska-Curie action in which researchers from all over Europe will work together by analysing trends and identifying possible solutions to those challenges. GRAGE research will focus on developing winning ideas to promote an active, harmonious and inclusive citizenship for elderly people living in urban contexts. The consortium brings together ground-breaking expertise from different scientific backgrounds (legal, economic, humanities, engineering), from academic and non-academic institutions, from all over Europe. Using a mix of methodologies, the research and innovation programme of the project will evolve around the idea of citizenship as a collector of interest, healthy environment and suitable urban solutions for an aging society. Main themes will be: green buildings, food and urban agriculture, information and language technology.
GRAGE intends to boost dialogue throughout Europe, both strengthening the academic and non-academic collaboration and a practical understanding of elderly living across Europe.