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Daniel Gan Rong Yao

Visiting Student

Daniel was an IARU Intern/Academic Visitor from 1 September 2019 to 1 November 2019. 

Daniel is Real Estate Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, and founder and community planner of Healthy Ageing in Place. Daniel completed his PhD at the National University of Singapore, during which he examined how older adults' neighbourhood experiences affect their psychosocial health via mixed methods. He developed a transdisciplinary neighbourhood health framework, and a scale to measure older adults' neighbourhood experiences which facilitate targeted interventions. His research has been published in The Gerontologist and Housing and Society, and has been presented at the Royal Geographical Society. See research blog: 

With a background in Urban Design (RIBA Part II), Daniel drafted several public space policies for the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore, including the Streets for People programme and the Mid-term Concept Plan Review on greenery. His research interest is community gerontology in high-rise, high-density East-Southeast Asia. At OIPA, he studied how care perception similarity, income and sense of control affected older adults’ wellbeing in urban East-Southeast Asia using data from the third wave of the Global Ageing Survey (GLAS).