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Research Engagements

Toward an age-friendly urban and housing policy in Malta (2020)

‘Towards an Age-Friendly Urban and Housing Policy in Malta’ makes suggestions and recommendations on how Malta can develop and diversify its housing sector to be more inclusive. It’s also a reflection on how disciplines can build on each other to offer tangible and solution-oriented policies.

Understanding Leisure Time Among Youths in Malta (2019)

In this qualitative research project, I was commissioned by Noċemuskata to provide a snapshot of the various ways in which youths between the ages of 16 years and 20 years old use their leisure time beyond their extra-curricular activities. The final outcome from the research will assist MUŻA, a local community museum in the metropolis, to draw up activities that are attractive and sensitive to the needs of this specific cohort. The ‘eclectic methodology’ used aimed to generate new qualitative data sets in relation to the way youths spend their leisure time. Little is known about this specific cohort so such an exercise offered a small window into their lives. The final outcome aided in generating new data to explore creative ways in which to develop successful art-based activities which would entice this group of young people to MUŻA.

Workshop activity © Noċemuskata

Workshop activity © Noċemuskata

Urban & Housing Policy, Research & Strategy in Malta

Riċerka Impenji

As the Chairperson of the Sustainable Communities Board within the Housing Authority in Malta, I have been able to design and implement policies such as, Sustainable Communities, Housing for Tomorrow for the Housing Authority. Also, through an anthropological study on the rent situation in Malta, the final recommendation informed the Private Residential Leases Act (2019). This research and policy framework informed the development of the first National Housing System in Malta.

Under the Same Roof (2013 – 2015)

During my post-doctorate, at the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives, University of Manchester where I worked on an ESRC-funded project, which was entitled, Under the Same Roof: The Everyday Relational Practices of Contemporary Communal Living. The research spanned between 2013 and 2015 (award reference ES/K006177/1). It explored four contemporary forms of communal living in the UK with non-kin in different house typologies such as small co-operatives, co-housing schemes, shared housing and private lodging. The project focussed on factors that either contribute to, or hinder, the attainment of ‘successful’ communal living across the life course. This research enabled me to further develop my theoretical foundations on related literature from family studies/kinship and domesticity/home/domestic space in addition to methodological skills.

https://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/morgan-centre/research/research-themes/home-and-housing/under-the-same-roof/

https://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/morgan-centre/research/research-themes/home-and-housing/under-the-same-roof/

The ‘Other’ Side of the Kitchen: The Domestic Kitchen and the Lives of Older Lesbians in London (2010 – 2013)

I gained my doctorate in 2013, where I was awarded a prestigious Chartered Studentship for the 40th Anniversary of the OU, which was attached to an RCUK research project titled, Transitions in Kitchen Living (Co-Supervisor Prof. Judith Okely; External Examiner: Prof. Sarah F Green). In my thesis, The ‘other’ side of the kitchen: an anthropological approach to the domestic kitchen and older lesbians living in London, drew on key aspects of cross cultural perspectives on social space (e.g. Humphrey 1974, de Certeau 1986, Bourdieu 1990, Carsten et al. 1995) often studied beyond Europe. Here seemingly private ‘home’ place is problematised within a western metropolis with gendered, historical specificity. My forthcoming monograph, Home, Domestic Space and Sexuality (2016) – a book contract awarded to me by Palgrave Macmillan – will be based on my doctoral research.

Looking Both Ways Project (2012 – 2016)

I worked on a collaborative project entitled, Looking Both Ways (RESDEV220112) which was led by Dr Rebecca Jones (Open University) in collaboration with Prof Kathryn Almack (University of Hertfordshire). This project explored the experiences of people with bisexual identities or bisexual pasts as they grow older. We were also interested in the implications that their bisexual identity had on their present and future care and support needs within their current homes or outside.  An additional outcome of this qualitative research was the publication of the Ageing and Bisexuality report, where we created case studies describing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people’s experiences as they grow older. This resource is often used in training, educational and policy work.

 

Riċerka Impenji

Midja Soċjali

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