Dr Isaiah Durosaiye


School of Architecture

Deputy Director Postgraduate Research (Recruitment, Admission and Scholarship)

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Dr Isaiah Durosaiye
School of Architecture
Arts Tower
Western Bank
S10 2TN

My research is concerned with ageing and the built environment and is underpinned by the person-environment fit theory. In particular, my research focuses on how human-environment interactions could support the health and wellbeing of older people. My work on age-friendly environments applies qualitative methods and post-occupancy evaluation as tools to understand and improve the built environment for older people.

For more than ten years, I have participated, and led work packages, in a number of UKRI-funded and EU-funded interdisciplinary research projects. Between July 2020 and June 2021 I was a Co-investigator on the AgeingHood project, a £100k AHRC-funded research that explored the intersection between ageing, housing and livelihood in marginalised communities in Bangkok, Thailand. As a co-investigator I led the co-design and participatory research activities on the project, with an outcome that contributed to the development of housing typologies for low-income groups in Bangkok. Between June 2022 and December 2022, as a follow-up to the AgeingHood project, I secured a further £30k AHRC follow-on funding for impact creation and knowledge exchange activities.

Between March 2015 and February 2018, I was a researcher in the €1m ESRC-funded ODESSA project on Optimising Care Delivery Models to Support Ageing-in-Place, including partners from China, France and the UK. I co-authored 3 peer-reviewed journal articles from the ODESSA project.

Prior to that, between March 2013 and September 2016, I worked as a researcher on an EU-funded research project, OIKONET, which was a €1m multidisciplinary housing research project involving 34 partners across Africa, Europe and South America. One of the outputs of the OIKONET project is a book I co-edited, entitled ‘Global Dwelling: Approaches to Sustainability, Design and Participation’.

  • PhD Architectural Design
  • MSc Sustainable Waste Management
  • MBA
  • BSc Civil Engineering
Research interests
  • Global population ageing and demographic trends 
  • Age-friendly and inclusive design 
  • Health and wellbeing of older people 
  • Sustainable design of the built environment

Edited books

  • Durosaiye I & Hadjri K (Ed.) (2020) Global Dwelling: Approaches to Sustainability, Design and Participation. WIT Press. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Balla R, Benkő M & Durosaiye I (2017) Mass housing estate location in relation to its liveability : Budapest case study. AMPS Proceedings Series, Vol. 10.1 (pp 194-205). University of Derby, UK, 22 June 2017 - 23 June 2017. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Durosaiye I & Hadjri K (2015) A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF URBAN REGENERATION PROGRAMMES IN EUROPE. Architecture_MPS View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
Research group
Teaching interests

I am interested in teaching subjects about the environments of ageing.

Teaching activities

As a researcher, most of my teaching activities are informed by my research. I teach Research Techniques and Academic Writing on the Communications Module to undergraduate students. I also teach topics informed by my research on the MSc in Sustainable Architectural Studies course and deliver a range of skills development workshops on the School’s PhD degree programme.

Professional activities and memberships
  • Member of the British Society of Gerontology
  • Member of the Gerontological Society of America
  • Member of AGE Platform Europe
  • Member of the UKRI Talent Peer Review College
  • Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy

Apr 2017

  • International Guest Lecturing, Budapest, Hungary:
  • Invited to Budapest University of Technology and Economics to deliver a lecture to a group of 40 masters students studying Urban Design. Lecture topic: ‘Growing old in a Global City: Barriers and Enablers of Active and Healthy Ageing’

Nov 2016

  • Mobilising the Potential of Active Ageing (MoPAct), Brussels, Belgium:
  • Invited to MoPAct Final Conference, as a professional stakeholder, at which the findings of the project were presented.

Sep 2016

  • OIKONET Project Final International Conference on ‘Global Dwelling’, Manchester, UK:
  • Member of the Scientific and Organising Committee. Peer-reviewed conference papers and co-edited conference proceedings.

Sep 2015

  • European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG), Gastein, Austria:
  • Invited to be a panel discussant at the annual conference of EHFG. Topic: Impact of health and longevity on the European ageing workforce.

Apr 2015

  • MoPAct, Tallinn, Estonia:
  • Invited as a professional stakeholder, to contribute ideas and offer guidance to support project remit.

Mar 2015

  • European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA), Brussels, Belgium:
  • Invited as a panel discussant to contribute ideas on how ICT and the built environment may support older people.

Dec 2014

  • AGE Platform Europe (AGE) Annual Conference, Brussels, Belgium:
  • Nominated by British Society of Gerontology to represent BSG at the annual conference of AGE.

Sep 2014

  • OIKONET Project First International Conference, Barcelona, Spain:
  • Gave a presentation on Contemporary Housing Research and Design.