UCLan ICSC welcomed Dr Wendy Martin, of Brunel University,
London, who introduced the emerging field of ‘Socio-gerontechnology’ with
new research perspectives on ageing, technological innovation and social change.
Demographic ageing and the rapid advancement of technology – especially
digital technologies – are two mega-tends trends that converge with the
innovation of new ‘Gerontechnology’. From care robots and digital dementia
devices, to social media interfaces, apps and online consultations,
gerontechnological innovation promises – or threatens – profound
transformations in the experience of ageing. The associated new commercial
sectors and changing forms of public service provision may also change the
landscape for policy makers, professionals and practitioners. Yet our research
capacity on the question of ‘Healthy Ageing’ still all too often remains
divided between social analyses of ageing on the one hand, and engineering and
design-based approaches, on the other.
academic field of ‘Socio-gerontechnology’ aims to overcome this divide,
enabling constructive conversations, collaborations as and the exchange of
critical insights between people working on both the social and the
technological dynamics of ageing and new technology. Dr Wendy Martin and her
co-thinkers develop a critical dialogue between the fields of ‘Age Studies’ and
‘Science and Technology Studies’ (STS) to establish some common conceptual,
theoretical and methodological approaches for new research.
hosted by UCLan’s ICSC will be of interest to a diverse array of researchers,
innovators, practitioners and teachers engaged in questions of ‘Healthy Ageing’
and technological change from around UCLan and wider society.
About the speaker
Dr Wendy Martin is co-editor of the groundbreaking new collection ‘Socio-gerontechnology:
Interdisciplinary Critical Studies of Ageing and Technology’ published by
Routledge earlier this year. She is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Health
Sciences at Brunel, and Co-Convenor of the British Sociological Association
Ageing, Body and Society study group. Her research focuses on ageing,
embodiment, the digital and everyday life. She is Co-Investigator for the
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) international
partnership ‘Ageing, Communication, Technologies (ACT): experiencing a digital
world in later life’ and Collaborator for the SSHRC Insight Grant ‘Digital
Culture and Quantified Aging’. Wendy is a Founding Board member of the
Socio-Gerontechnology Network (SGN), a member of the Executive Committee of the
British Society of Gerontology, and Co-Editor of the Routledge Handbook of
Marshall BL, Martin W, Neven L. (eds) (2021) ‘Socio-gerontechnology
Interdisciplinary Critical Studies of Ageing and Technology’ Routledge
Pilcher, K and
Martin, W (2020) ‘Forever ‘Becoming’? Negotiating Gendered and Ageing
Embodiment in Everyday Life’ Sociological Research Online. 25 (4) 698-717
Micocci, M., Martin, W. and Wang, Y-H. (2019) 'From Medical Devices to Everyday
Products: Exploring cross-cultural perceptions of Assistive Technology'. Design
for Health, 3 (2). pp. 324 – 340.
Martin, W. and
Twigg, J. (2018) 'Editorial for Special Issue 'Ageing, Body and Society: Key
Themes, Critical Perspectives''. Journal of Aging Studies, 45. pp. 1 - 4.
Twigg, J. and
Martin, W. (eds) (2015) 'Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology'. Routledge.
(2015) 'Visual Methods in Ageing Research', in Twigg, J. and Martin, W. (eds.)
Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology. London. Routledge.
Kontos P, Martin W. (2013)
‘Embodiment and dementia: Exploring critical narratives of selfhood,
surveillance, and dementia care’. Dementia. 2013; 12(3):288-302.
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