Allia seeks a lead researcher for a ‘silver economy market’ project

A new European-funded research project is launching this autumn to boost the ‘silver economy’. As one of the main project partners, Allia is seeking a lead researcher to develop new financial models for housing and supporting ‘living laboratories’.


Silver Economy Accelerating Strategies 2 Grow (SEAS2Grow) is a four-year project involving partners in the UK, France, Belgium and Holland. The aim of the project is to tackle the challenge of ageing populations which leads to pressure on social and medical services and housing affordability at a time of economic crisis. Many companies do not enter the European silver economy market (which relates to any economic activity targeting adults over 60) either because they are not aware of these opportunities or because they face regulatory and market barriers.

The overarching project objective is to set­up a proactive silver economy market framework, accelerating the delivery of innovative tools, solutions and services for stakeholders (mostly small to medium size businesses) to boost their innovation performance.

Allia is responsible for coordination and delivery of a work stream to develop innovative financing models and funding solutions that will grow the silver economy. We will focus on new economic models in each of the four project countries for:

- running “living laboratories” and “silver economy accelerators” where innovations enabling independent living for elderly people are tested
- the provision of silver economy housing, whether by retrofitting or the design of new housing, where these innovations are adopted.

The Lead Researcher will be responsible for leading these activities under the management of Allia’s Director for Impact Innovation. The role is based at Allia Future Business Centre, Cambridge plus travel to other locations in the UK and Europe.

Martin Clark, Allia’s Director for Impact Innovation, said: “The cross-Europe project has the potential to make a significant difference in the lives of many elderly people. This role is an exciting opportunity for someone with both the skills and passion to take the lead in driving forward our part in the project.”

For more information, please see the job description on Cambridge Network's Recruitment Gateway.The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 26th August 2016.

This post is part-funded by the Interreg 2 Seas 2014-2020 European Territorial Cooperation programme which is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

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