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Mobility, transport and older people’s well being in sub-Saharan Africa : review and prospect.

Porter, G. and Tewodros, A. and Gorman, M. (2018) 'Mobility, transport and older people’s well being in sub-Saharan Africa : review and prospect.', in Geographies of transport and ageing. , pp. 75-100.


This chapter presents a review of the very limited research on older people’s mobility and transport needs in urban and rural contexts across Anglophone countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This is followed by reflections on recent mixed-methods research conducted through an NGO—academic collaboration with older people in rural Tanzania. Three themes given particular emphasis are, firstly, the significance of relationality in mobilities research with older people—other family and community members may substantially contribute to the shaping of older people’s mobile lives; secondly, the importance of exploring potential new connectivities associated with mobile phone and motorcycle-taxi usage among older people which may improve their well-being; and thirdly the value of taking a co-investigation approach to research with older community members. The final portion of the chapter is concerned with identification of significant research gaps where mobilities/transport-focused research with older people in sub-Saharan Africa is urgently needed.

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Publisher statement:Porter, G, Tewodros, A & Gorman, M (2018). Mobility, transport and older people’s well being in sub-Saharan Africa: review and prospect. In Geographies of transport and ageing. Curl, A & Musselwhite, C Palgrave Macmillan. 75-100 reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here:
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:10 October 2018
Date of first online publication:01 May 2018
Date first made open access:01 May 2020

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