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Katherine Wyndham, Geographer - MSc - PhD Researcher

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Academic Qualifications

Geographer - Facultad de Aquitectura y Urbanismo, Universidad de Chile.

MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies - London School of Economics and Political Science.

PhD Research Project

Katherine's PhD project, entitled 'Understanding the articulated and contested nature of ageing in urban environments: evolving governmentalities, everyday spaces and vulnerability in the context of disaster risk', addresses two socio-environmental phenomena which are currently shaping Chile’s urban development: ageing population and the increasing susceptibility to disasters risk due both to natural-hazards and climate change. This research explores the way in which ageing is being incorporated into government policies amid different urban settlements, exploring the potential synergies between the programs designed for addressing demographic change and disaster risk, with a particular focus on the program of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. At the same time, this research analyses the role of older people in the co-construction of spaces of adaptation, conceiving urban settlements as places where both ageing and disaster risk are experienced, lived, and in some cases contested.

Funded by The Advanced Human Capital Program, of the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICY) of the Chilean Government.

Research Interests

  • Age-Friendly Cities, Demographic Transition, Urban Studies, Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Adaptation

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