A versatile and creative researcher with an international background, who has multidisciplinary experience, with a track record of publications within health and well-being, gerontology, digital technologies, and video games, who is organized, a planner, and a listener with additional expertise in writing, presentations, leadership, and collaboration.

Hannah enjoys collaborating with colleagues on topics focusing on ICT use/behaviour to enhance the lives of people and welcomes new collaborations.

You will be able to find a great deal of information throughout this website, in addition to one of Hannah’s passions which is photography. She has uploaded a variety of photographs and can be found through the Gallery.

Latest News

NEW book (25.10.22) ‘Transgenerational Technology and Interactions for the 21st Century: Perspectives and Narratives’ will be published by Emerald on 25th October 2022.


Transgenerational Technology and Interactions for the 21st Century explores how we as humans navigate the 21st Century, interacting with technologies, including those that are intended to support and enhance our experiences across the lifespan. This manifesto, composed with humanity at the front and centre, pinpoints succinctly the critical considerations of people, technology and inequalities intersecting across our 21st century ecosystems.

With a special focus on bridging interdisciplinary research, creative and co-production approaches, the authors explore and present cutting edge discourse, building on previous research to form contemporary and inform future awareness and strategies to societal experiences. The authors argue that it is time to re-evaluate how we move forward in a multi-faceted society, with the ever growing reliance of technology but yet many voices are not heard, left behind or not even considered.  

This creative and collaborative response is suited to researchers, academics, designers, industry and stakeholder professionals who have an interest the fields of technology, design, sociology and innovation.

The book can be pre-ordered here

#COVID19 Studies, & Writings

#COVID19 is a worldwide pandemic and crises for all governments and citizens. Technology will and is playing an important role within our respective communities to maintain work, communication, sharing information and more importantly reduce isolation and loneliness for all!

  1. Freeman, S., Marston, H.R., Ross, C., Morgan, D.J., Wilson, G., Gates, J., Kolochuk, S., & McAloney, R. (2022). Progress towards enhanced access and use of technology during the COVID-19 pandemic: A need to be mindful of the continued digital divide for many rural and northern communities. Healthcare Management Forum. doi:10.1177/08404704221108314
  2. Marston, H.R., Morgan, D.J., Wilson, G., & Gates, J. (2021). You Can Only Pass Go With A Digital Pass. Ageing Issues Blog, 14th June 2021.
  3. Marston, H.R., & Morgan, D.J. (2021). Freedom is coming Dating Apps, Social Connections, Cheeky Snogs & Nooky. Ageing Issues Blog, 14th June 2021.
  4. Marston, H.R., & van Hoof, J. (2021). Age-friendly cities and communities of the 21st Century. Ageing Issues Blog, 9th February 2021.
  5. Marston, H.R., & Morgan, D.J. (2021). Happy New Year, 3rd Wave, Lockdown 3.0 & Easter. Ageing Issues Blog, 22nd January 2021
  6. Marston, H.R., & Morgan, D.J. (2020). Lockdown 2.0: Gunpowder Plot, Digital Christmas, Sex and Relationships. Ageing Issues Blog, 2nd November 2020.
  7. Marston, H.R., & Morgan, D.J. (2020). Technology & Social Media during COVID-19 Pandemic. Special Issue: COVID-19 & Geriatric Mental Health Worldwide. IPA Bulletin; 37(2). Available from
  8. Marston, H.R., & Kowert, R. (2020). What role can videogames play in the COVID-19 pandemic? Emerald Open Res2:34.
  9. Sheerman, L., Marston, H.R., Musselwhite, C., & Morgan, D. (2020). COVID-19 and the secret virtual assistants: the social weapons for a state of emergency [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review]. Emerald Open Res2:19.
  10. White, P.J., Marston, H.R., Shore, L., & Turner, R. (2020). Learning from COVID-19: Design, Age-friendly Technology, Hacking and Mental Models [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review]. Emerald Open Res2:21.
  11. Marston, H.R., Musselwhite, C., & Hadley, R.A. (2020). COVID-19 vs Social Isolation: the Impact Technology can have on Communities, Social Connections and Citizens. Ageing Issues, 18th March, 2020. The British Society of Gerontology.

#COVID-19 Study 1

This study led by Dr Hannah R. Marston and Dr Sarah Earle, and will use an online survey, deployed across mailing lists, and social media platforms to reach as many people as possible. The online survey comprising of 65 questions relating to technology use, community engagement, health and wellbeing, loneliness and leisure activities.

Since April 2020, this study has been scaled up and the online survey has been deployed across Spain, France, Romania, Germany, Austria, Turkey, Malta, Singapore, India, Portugal, and Brazil. For more information click here.

  • Ethics: HREC/3551/MARSTON

Funding: this project is not externally funded.


  1. Marston, H.R., Ivan, L., Fernández-Ardèvol, M., Rosales Climent, A., Gómez-León, M., Blanche, D., Earle, S., Ko, P.C., Colas, S., Bilir, B., Öztürk Çalıkoğl., Arslan, H., Kanozia, R., Kriebernegg, U.,  Großschädl, F., Reer, F., Quandt, T., Buttigieg, S.C., Alexandra Silva, P., Gallistl, V., & Rohner, R. (2020). COVID-19: Technology, Social Connections, Loneliness & Leisure Activities: An International Study Protocol. Front. Sociol. doi:10.3389/fsoc.2020.574811
  2. Marston, H.R., et al., (2020) – Research Evidence#1 LBCO224 – Life beyond COVID. Submitted 30th August, published 18th September 2020, COVID-19 Committee. Written evidence (page 11). All evidence is available here.

#COVID-19 Study 2

#COVID-19: Dating Apps, Social Connections, Loneliness & Mental Health

This study is led by Dr Hannah R. Marston, with Co-I’s Dr Sarah Earle (OU), Dr D.J. Morgan, (Swansea University), and Dr Robin Hadley.

The purpose of this study is to explore and understand how dating apps have been used by citizens during the pandemic to connect with others on a social, emotional and sexual level, to reduce the feeling of loneliness and social isolation.

  1. Marston, H.R., Morgan, D.J., Earle, S., Hadley, R. (2021). Presentation at the British Society of Gerontology.

Project website here

Latest Publications

  • Marston, H.R., Morgan, D.J., Wilson-Menzfeld, G., Gates, J.R., & Turner, R. (2021). Written evidence [PTC0018]. The long-term impact of the pandemic on towns and cities. Published 6th July 2021.
  • Marston, H.R., et al., (2020) – Research Evidence#1 LBCO224 – Life beyond COVID. 18th September 2020, COVID-19 Committee. Written evidence (page 11)
  • Morgan, D.J., Marston, H.R., & Hadley, R. (2020) – Research Evidence#2 LBCO135 – Life beyond COVID. 18th September 2020, COVID-19 Committee. Written evidence (page 15)
  • Marston, H.R., Wilson, G., Morgan, D.J., & Gates, J. (2020) – Research Evidence#3 LOL0017 – Living online: the long-term impact on wellbeing. 15th December 2020, COVID-19 Committee. Written evidence (page 6)

Special Issues

Special Issue #1 – “Feature Papers “Age-Friendly Cities & Communities: State of the Art and Future Perspectives””

For a full list and access to existing published papers in this special issue can be found here.

van Hoof, J., & Marston, H.R. (2021). Age-Friendly Cities and Communities: State of the Art and Future Perspectives. Editorial. IJERP; 18(4), 1644,

Marston, H.R., & van Hoof, J. (2021). Age-friendly cities and communities of the 21st Century. Ageing Issues Blog, 9th February 2021.

Impact factor: 2.468

The number of older adults is increasing rapidly, and this demographic shift places an increased level of strain and tension on the various international healthcare and welfare systems. The vast majority of older adults wish to age in place, and many make use of long-term care services, including home care, rehabilitation services, and social support, as well as home modifications and technology. One way to support older people to live the life they wish to live is through the Age-Friendly Cities and Communities initiative, a world-wide programme launched in 2007 by the World Health Organization to make cities more tuned to the needs and requirements of older citizens. 

The primary focus of this Feature Paper Special Issue is to critically assess the state of the art in Age-Friendly Cities and Communities programme. Focusing on how much the programme has impacted on cities, while embracing its foundations, and what are the benefits of consortium member cities? Which gaps can be identified in the model and how should these gaps be addressed? Evaluations of local initiatives are needed in order to move the Age-Friendly Cities and Communities initiative and debate forward. The purpose of this Feature Paper Special Issue is to publish high-quality research papers including position papers and review articles addressing recent advances in age-friendly cities. There are eight domains of an age-friendly city, specifically Social participation; Communication and information; Civic participation and employment; Housing; Transportation; Community support and health services; Outdoor spaces and buildings; Respect and social inclusion. 

Special issue #2 – The Aging and Technology Special Collection

I would like to draw your attention to the forthcoming special collection Aging and Technology in the journal of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. The deadline is now closed.

For the aging population, technology is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the rapid pace of development and change can make it difficult for older adults to learn new technologies, while the world’s increasing use of and dependence on smart devices and digital technologies leaves those who struggle to adapt at a distinct, isolated disadvantage. On the other hand, technologies geared specifically towards an increasing, aging population contribute to increased comfort and dignity, the ability to live at home for longer, ease with managing health issues, and even longer life. This collection examines both aspects of the topic, welcoming manuscripts that address technologies designed for older adults (gerotechnology) as well as older adults’ relationship and struggles with advancing technologies. Both clinical and behavioral approaches will be considered.

Previous Activities

PAX Online: Game and Interaction Design for Older Adults: That Means You (Someday) 14th September 2020

Moderator: Michelle Gaudette-Long,

Panel Members: Ahmad Azadvar, Robin Koman, Dr. Hannah Marston, Sheri Graner Ray, Dr. Bob De Schutter

The iGAME (intergenerational: Gaming, Accessibility, Motivation, Engagement) Special Issue is now available.

This SI was led by Hannah and her co-guest editor Ahmad Azadar (User Research project manager at Massive Entertainment (Ubisoft), Sweden. This will be published early 2020. focused on contemporary research and future insights.

In May 2019, Hannah was invited to speak with game designers and developers at Massive Entertainment, Sweden.  Her presentation: ‘From Arcade to World Wide Web – how intergenerational gaming can help you pick up an extra life’ focused on contemporary research and future insights.

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Mobile e-Health

During her graduate studies and beyond, Hannah has built up a wide national and international network, across a variety of disciplines and she actively publishes her work, in journals and book chapters. She recently led on the Edited book – Mobile e-Health with Drs. Freeman and Musselwhite. ​

Knowledge Exchange
Seminar Series (KESS)

Hannah has led several projects, including the Technology In Later Life (TILL) project (2015-17), where she presented some preliminary findings under the theme ‘Using Technology in Social Care’ through the Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS), at the Northern Irish Assembly, Stormont, Belfast, UK. In 2017, Hannah undertook an exploratory project called Technology4YoungAdults (T4YA) funded by the H&W PRA to explore the impact and attitudes of ICT on young adults.

Previously, Hannah worked on the MonetizeMe (EPSRC) project based in the Centre for Research in Computing, at The Open University. Hannah has international expeirence having worked as a research scientist at the Institute of Movement and Sport Gerontology at the German Sport University Cologne, on the EU project – iStoppFalls. Between August 2010-11, Hannah held the position of post-doctoral fellow at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo.

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Health and Wellbeing Research

Dr Hannah R. Marston is the Research Fellow in the Health & Wellbeing Strategic Research Area (H&W SRA), based in the School of Health, Wellbeing & Social Care in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education, & Language Studies (WELs) at the Open University, Milton Keynes.

Hannah leads the Digital Health & Wellbeing Special Interest Group, situated under the H&W SRA and since November 2016, Hannah has organised several several events, symposiums and the 2nd Digital Health & Wellbeing Conference (May 2018).

Dr Hannah R. Marston
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