Scottish housesTo plan for housing and ageing effectively in Scotland for 2030, now is the time to analyse shared policy challenges and priorities across these contexts, understand how they are being delivered and experienced by older people, and take forward best practice. The proposed series of events will mobilise learning from policy makers in Scotland, England and Wales by developing and exchanging knowledge between diverse geographical areas that share similar issues around housing and ageing (e.g. inequalities around rural/urban/disadvantaged communities). Bringing together Welsh and Scottish policy makers will gather insights from existing approaches and foster UK collaboration.


The series of events will focus on linking the strategic policy priorities of Housing and Ageing together with practice and service user experience. To do this, we propose three parallel events to host three working groups that will work in synergy to incorporate policy-maker, practitioner and stakeholder/service user knowledge, followed by a final conference event.


A ‘Serious Game' - a bespoke, personalised, strategic exercise - will be delivered in each of the three working groups to allow them to negotiate potential obstacles for delivering Housing and Ageing strategies. Fully facilitated by Jim Wallman, a professional game developer, this will collect evidence through a creative and participatory process to stimulate discussion and identify shared objectives for older people's housing for Scotland 2030.

Programme Team

Dr Vikki McCall, University of Stirling
Dr Ryan Woolrych, Heriot-Watt University
Professor Judith Sixsmith, University of Dundee
Professor Judith Phillips, University of Stirling
Dr Alasdair Rutherford, University of Stirling
Dr Jane Robertson, University of Stirling
Dr Melanie Lovatt, University of Stirling
Jeremy Porteus, Housing Learning and Improvement Network

Dr Friederike Ziegler, Lancaster University
Zhan McIntyre, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
Jim Eadie, Age Scotland

Final Report


The programme team presented their findings at a debate on the future for housing with an ageing population hosted by Scotland’s Futures Forum, in conjunction with the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Groups on Housing and on Older People, Age and Ageing.

The debate looked forward to 2030, our aspirations for housing in the future, and what we have to do now to achieve them.

It was hosted by Andy Wightman MSP, Convener of the CPG on Housing.