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Meet Our Teams

The Trent Team

The Trent team is involved across both the More Years Better Lives, and the Digital Culture and Quantified Aging projects

Barbara Marshall

Principal Investigator

Barbara L. Marshall is Professor of Sociology and Distinguished Research Award recipient at Trent University in Peterborough, Canada. She has written widely on feminist theory, sexuality and the body, and with her colleague Stephen Katz, has co-authored a series of papers exploring aging, embodiment and sexuality. Her publications have appeared in a range of academic journals and edited collections and her most recent book is a co-edited collection (with A. Kampf and A. Peterson), Aging Men, Masculinities and Modern Medicine (Routledge 2013).
Alongside the projects on aging, technology and digital culture described on this website, she continues to
explore intersections of critical age studies with feminist theory, queer theory and disability studies, and researches relations of age and gender in Canada’s favourite winter sport – curling!

Stephen Katz


Stephen Katz is Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology and Distinguished Research Award recipient at Trent University, and a founding member of the Trent Centre for Aging & Society. His work has focused on a variety of areas such as aging bodies, critical gerontology, bio politics and sexuality, cognitive impairment, and health technologies in which he has written numerous journal articles and book chapters, many with colleague Barbara L. Marshall. Stephen is also an author and has written a number of books which include Disciplining Old Age (1996), Cultural Aging (2005), and Ageing in Everyday Life (ed, 2018). His current research involves partnerships and collaborations on funded projects related to quantified aging and digital technologies, as well as a new book on Self, Mind and Body in Later Life.

Paige Sawyer

Research Assistant

Paige Sawyer is a research assistant for the Digital Culture and Quantified Aging research projects. As a recent graduate of Trent University, having completed her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Paige has demonstrated much interest in the field of Gerontology during her undergraduate degree and in her work life. Other interests lie in Political Science and International Development. Paige will continue her work with us throughout the summer of 2018.

Danielle Gallina

Research Assistant

Danielle Gallina is a research assistant for the Digital Culture and Quantified Aging research projects. She has just finished her third year of her undergraduate degree at Trent University for a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a specialization in Health Studies and will be going into her fourth and final year in the fall. Danielle will continue her work with us throughout the rest of 2018.

Dr. Kirsten Ellison


Kirsten Ellison is a postdoctoral fellow for the Digital Culture and Quantified Aging project. Her dissertation, “Molecular imaginaries of aging and age intervention,” was completed in the University of Calgary’s graduate program in Communication, Media and Film. As a communications scholar, her doctoral work probes the representational modes through which molecular understandings of aging and the body are popularized for mass consumption, looking specifically at the use of image and metaphor. Broadly, her research has examined the intersections of health, science and technology in popular culture and she brings with her a decade of experience in visual and linguistic analysis. Her independent and collaborative work has appeared in the Journal of Aging Studies, British Food Journal, Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, and The International Journal of Cultural Studies. Kirsten will be involved in all areas of the project as well as the development and expansion of the collection, "Aging, Technology and Culture", in UOIT's digital humanities archive, The Fabric of Digital Life.

Dr. Nicole Dalmer


Nicole Dalmer is part of the "Being Connected" project as a postdoctoral fellow.  Her PhD dissertation, "Information as Work: Mapping Intersections of Information Work and Dementia Care within and Aging in Place Climate" was completed in the University of Western Ontario's Faculty of Information and Media Studies. Her research employed institutional ethnography to explore the often-invisible information work done by family care partners of older adults. She brings to our project unique expertise in the ways that information and technologies intersect in everyday experiences of aging. She will be involved in all aspects of the project as we explore the role of digital technologies in relation to experiences of feeling connected in later life and the ways that expertise about aging, health and technology is both produced and reproduced. Nicole is also the recipient of the Michael F. Harcourt Policy Fellowship from AGE-WELL, enabling her to enrich the project's policy relevance and knowledge mobilization.

Digital Culture and Quantified Aging Team

Isabel Pedersen


Dr. Isabel Pedersen, Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media, and Culture, is exploring how embodied technology may change how we act, interact with others, participate in cultures, and understand our identities. She is interested in critical gerontology and the complex impact that personal technologies, such as social robots, may have on identities, cultures, politics, and value systems in global contexts. She is especially interested in how personal digital devices (from brain-computers to social robots) are being developed, how the ideas for these embodied computers are developed, and how the concepts become celebrated and familiar to people in the contexts of artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of things, and big data analytics before we have a chance to understand their likely impact on our lives, culture, politics, art and social practices.

Wendy Martin


Dr Wendy Martin is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Health and Life Sciences, Brunel University London, UK. Her research focuses on ageing, embodiment and daily life and the use of visual and material methods in ageing research. She was Principal Investigator for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK) research project Photographing Everyday Life: Ageing, Lived Experiences, Time and Space, is Co-Investigator for the 7 year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) international partnership Ageing, Communication, Technologies (ACT): experiencing a digital world in later life, is Collaborator for the 5 year SSHRC Insight Grant Digital Culture and Quantified Aging, and is Co-Investigator on an Interdisciplinary award from Brunel University London on Objects of desire and of despair: analysis and design of assistive technology for life transitions. Wendy is Co-Convenor of the British Sociological Association (BSA) Ageing, Body and Society study group, a member of the Executive Committee of the British Society of Gerontology (BSG), Co-Editor of the Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology (2015), Co-Editor of a special issue entitled Ageing, Body and Society: Key Themes, Critical Perspectives (2018) in the Journal of Aging Studies,  is a member of the Editorial Board of the Sociological Research Online journal and an Associate Board member of the Sociology Journal.

Sharon Caldwell

Research Assistant

Sharon is a research assistant and head archivist for the Fabric of Digital Life project with the Digital Culture and Media Lab (Decimal) at UOIT, under the direction of Dr. Isabel Pedersen. She holds a Library and Information Technician Diploma from Algonquin College and a Gender Studies (B.A.) Degree from Trent University. In her work, Sharon collects, curates, and catalogues digital artifacts related to embodied technologies, augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR), and robotics. She has created a Digital Culture and Quantified Aging archival collection in order to document and track current wearables, social robots, and internet of things (IoT) platforms that relate to seniors and health.

More Years Better Lives: Associated Institutions

Utrecht University, The

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain

KTH Stockholm, Sweden

Trent University

Department of Sociology, Trent University

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