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Mobility, mood and place

Mobility, mood and place explores how places can be designed collaboratively to make mobility easy, enjoyable and meaningful for older people. The three-year research project builds on evidence that how we experience environments influences our mood and, in turn, our willingness to be active. 

Funded by jointly by EPSRC, ESRC and AHRC under their Lifelong Health and Wellbeing programme, this project brings together experts from the Universities of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt and King’s College London. Here is a full list of our partners. 


By understanding, and building on, the positive qualities that encourage people to go out and to participate in community life, we aim to influence place-making that enables older people to remain independent, to be inspired and to feel safe. 


An essential methodology is co-design between early career designers and a range of participants, including stroke survivors and people with Alzheimer’s.

Project status: Completed

Principal Investigator


Funding Body: The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Amount: £1,273,657

Period: September 2013 - April 2017