Healthy Ageing Research Group (HARG)

Conducting research that aims to promote healthy and active ageing

The Health Ageing Research Group website is currently under construction and will launch in summer 2024


The Healthy Ageing Research Group (HARG) at The University of Manchester is a multidisciplinary group conducting research that aims to promote healthy and active ageing.

Our work covers a broad range of topics and themes and includes people from mid (55+) through to later life. We use many different approaches to help us understand the experiences of older people living in our communities and to promote healthy and active ageing. This includes research methods such as big data analysis, interviews and focus groups, mixed approaches to develop and evaluate new interventions, and evidence synthesis approaches to bring together findings from existing research.

Our emphasis is on healthy and active ageing to enable and support active participation in communities. We proactively ensure our work has direct relevance to health and social care policy and practice, for older adults at local, national, and international levels, through regular collaboration with government and arms-length bodies (e.g., National Health Service, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, Greater Manchester Combined Authority).

We continuously engage and collaborate with those with lived and living experience to enhance our understanding and research, and to develop research capacity in this crucial area. This includes the public, patients and service users, community organisations, and those working within the health and social care landscape.


Research themes

Our research themes and areas of expertise include:

  • Physical health and active ageing
  • Falls prevention
  • Brain health and dementia
  • Digital interventions
  • Inequalities in later life
  • Methodological specialism and innovation
  • Community, policy and practice engagement

Our work is supported by major funding bodies, including the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the Wellcome Trust, Innovate UK, the Dunhill Medical Trust, and public and charitable organisations.

Research team

HARG is led by Dr Emma Stanmore and Dr Alex Hall

Dr Emma Stanmore, Reader

Emma is a Reader in the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work and the Lead for the Healthy Ageing Research Group.

View Emma’s research profile

Dr Alex Hall, Lecturer 

Alex is a Lecturer in the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work and the Deputy Lead for the Healthy Ageing Research Group.

View Alex’s research profile

Research projects and publications

We are in the process of updating this website. Please contact us if you are looking for a specific project or person within our team.

PhD opportunities

We are happy to supervise students who would like to conduct a PhD in the area of healthy ageing.

Find PhD projects and information on funding and self-funding at the following links:

A number of our PhD students have funded studentships from the NIHR.


Our current PhD students are:

  • Bibhusha Karki
  • Chloe French
  • Courtney Nabb
  • Danielle Harris
  • Helena Bilsborough
  • Katharine Fisher
  • Lauren Martin
  • Lily Mott
  • Lishan Huang
  • Mohammad Zougar
  • Nada Almohaisen
  • Sally Hoodless
  • Schenelle Dlima
  • Shuruq Alotibi
  • Syeda Taqya Amna Arslan
  • Tawanda Mutandiri
  • Ya Shi
  • Yang Yang
  • Yimin Tang
  • Yvonne Mckenzie

Contact us

If you would like to find out more about our research group, please contact us via email.


Dr Emma Stanmore (HARG Lead):


Dr Alex Hall (HARG Deputy Lead):