The Interdisciplinary Research Platform on Ageing and Wellbeing
The Interdisciplinary Research Platform on Ageing and Wellbeing, gathers researchers from various departments and schools within the university (e.g., engineering, psychology, leisure, education, etc.) that come together to share ideas and develop new projects to advance investigation in Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA).
The platform aims at promoting interdisciplinary research based on the strengths of the different teams and individual researchers, as well as on the social needs that have been identified both locally and internationally. A growing critical mass of researchers is thus working together in the promotion of active, healthy, and meaningful ageing, and in identifying innovative solutions and alternatives to the problems and opportunities raised by demographic change. As a result of the collaborative work of the platform and the fruitful cross-sectoral cooperation, the University of Deusto is part of the Covenant of Demographic Change that gathers national, regional and local public authorities, as well as other stakeholders interested in promoting age-friendly environments as a response to Europe’s demographic change, as well as of the Basque Country Reference Site for innovation in active and healthy ageing awarded three stars for an equal number of good practices by the European Commission.
The University of Deusto
The University of Deusto (UDEUSTO) is a hub of research teams working at the university’s six faculties (Psychology and Education, Social Sciences and Humanities, Engineering, Law, Economic and Business Sciences, and Theology) in three different campuses: Bilbao, San Sebastian, and Madrid. Since 1987, the university has undertaken a strong internationalisation that has facilitated and multiplied its opportunities for international collaboration. This strategy is based on a strong networking with key institutions and stakeholders across Europe and beyond, and on the quality of the results and the impact of the research and educational endeavours undertaken by UDEUSTO. In the aftermath, at the present UDEUSTO participates in a broad number of research collaborative projects funded by the European Commission, is part of a wide number of international networks, and has signed plenty of cooperation agreements with universities and research centres distributed around the globe.
In recent years, research in health, care and welfare has taken relevance on the European agenda. This is because health, and public health in particular, represent a challenge, largely due to the economic crisis and demographic change, but also an opportunity for innovation and investment in industry, technology and education. The University of Deusto is addressing these challenges and opportunities of research by promoting interdisciplinary approaches and cross-sectoral collaboration between the University and other important stakeholders, including local and regional authorities, to health issues, through UDEUSTO Interdisciplinary Research Platform on Ageing and Wellbeing.