Tine Buffel

Dr., Senior Lecturer, Sociology, The University of Manchester

Dr. Tine Buffel is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester, where she directs the Manchester Urban Ageing Research Group (MUARG). MUARG is an interdisciplinary group bringing together scholars from sociology, geography, anthropology, political science and architecture, with an interest in understanding the relationship between population ageing and urban change. (https://www.micra.manchester.ac.uk/muarg/).

Tine has published widely in the field of ageing, with a particular focus on social and environmental issues associated with ageing populations. Her research career has been distinguished by a commitment to working with community groups to study and address equity and social justice issues. Building on a background of innovative participatory and co-production methodologies with older people, she has been particularly interested in studying questions relating to the role of neighbourhood and community life in later life, social inequality and exclusion, and developing ‘age-friendly’ cities. Her research has received various prizes for its impact on policy and practice to improve the lives of older people.

She has been the principal investigator on various grants, including a European Commission Intra-European Marie Curie Fellowship and an ESRC Future Leaders award, both of which build upon her extensive international networks and collaborations. In 2020, she was awarded a Research Leader Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust, with a 5-year project entitled 'Urbanisation and Population Ageing: Interdisciplinary perspectives on "ageing in place" in cities'. Tine also holds an honorary position at Free University of Brussels (VUB), where she develops joint research with colleagues involved in the Belgian Ageing Studies.