Research Scholars

Mei Lan Fang, PhD
Senior Research Scholar

Mei Lan Fang is a Lecturer / Assistant Professor in health gerontology, located in the School of and Health Sciences at the University of Dundee. Mei holds a Master’s in Public Health, specialising in social and health inequities, and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies, focused on 
environmental gerontology. Her post graduate research progresses community-based participatory research concepts, theory, and methods for designing age-friendly environments and was nominated for the MacFarlane Award for most outstanding doctoral research contribution at Heriot Watt University. In the past 10 years, Mei has worked as a transdisciplinary research scientist and health sciences methodologist where she both uses and builds intersectional place theory, methods and practice in health-related areas of critical public health, ethnic and migration studies, environmental gerontology, ageing and technology and global health promotion. Mei has produced over 50 peer-reviewed publications ranging from journal articles, books, book chapters, method protocols to published conference proceedings, that all stem from a broad spectrum of completed and ongoing community-oriented and participatory projects.

Norm O'Rourke
Senior Research Scholar

Norm is a clinical psychologist and full professor with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er Sheva, Israel (Department of Public Health). He is also Founding Director of the Foundation for Wellness with Bipolar Disorder, he sat on the executive board of the Society for Clinical Geropsychology (American Psychological Association) and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Norm is currently an associate editor of Aging and Mental Health. He has been awarded $1.8M in research funding as principal applicant ($4.6M as part of teams). From 2001 to 2017, Norm was an associate professor with the Interdisciplinary Research in the Mathematical and Computational Sciences (IRMACS) Centre at SFU. 

Jason Powell
Senior Research Scholar

Jason is a social gerontologist and until recently was Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise and Professor of Social Gerontology at Staffordshire University, UK. He is an elected Academician of The Academy of Urbanism and elected Companion of The Society of Bereavement Practitioners. He is Editor-in-Chief, Illness, Crisis & Loss (Sage), Associate Editor of The Canadian Journal of Sociology and Series Editor for International Perspectives on Aging (Springer Nature). He has sat on the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Fellowships Committee and ESRC/UKRI College in the UK and has advised global NGOs on care of older people in Uganda, US, Nigeria, Somaliland and EU. He has been awarded $6.2 million in research and knowledge transfer projects and has over 465 publications including over 70 academic books. He has a particular interest in Foucauldian approaches to aging that focuses on power and surveillance in care relations and care settings.