SCI Seminar Series - Dr Russell Hitchings - Leisure travel after retirement: anticipation and experience in the UK
|Starts:||16:15 27 Apr 2016|
|Ends:||17:45 27 Apr 2016|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Sustainable Consumption Institute|
|Speaker:||Dr Russell Hitchings|
Dr Russell Hitchings, Senior Lecturer in Human Geograpy, University College London, will be giving the SCI Seminar on the 27 April 2016, entitled 'Leisure travel after retirement: anticipation and experience in the UK' the seminar will be in the Penthouse, 10th Floor, Alliance Manchester Business School between 4.15 - 5.45 pm. Coffee and registration from 4.00 pm.
Older people in the UK, as elsewhere across Europe, are often taken to represent a growing area of leisure travel demand. In view of the energy use implications associated with a future of increasingly mobile older people, this paper questions how and whether relevant predictions will come to pass. In particular, it asks where exactly do ideas about where and why older people should be travelling come from, how do they circulate in society, how do older people themselves respond to them, and what does this all say about how change comes about?
I do this as part of the wider work of a UK centre of sociological research concerned with how predicted hotspots of societal energy demand are identified and encouraged (www.demand.ac.uk). In seeking to answer these questions, I draw on findings from a serial UK interview study focused on how people prepare for and experience the transition into retirement and the implications of this for their leisure travel. This paper will particularly reflect on what can be learnt from a close examination of how leisure travel is talked about by three sets of respondents, each at different stages of the retirement transition.
Dr Russell Hitchings
Role: Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
Organisation: University College London
Biography: My research examines how identified aspects of everyday life may be changing in ways that have important social and environmental consequences. The broader aim is to identify the most effective means of positively influencing the processes involved. Though I have now studied these themes in range of social contexts (from domestic gardens and festival sites to indoor gyms and city offices), I have generally drawn on qualitative techniques such as interviews and observation.
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