Kelli Dendle

    Kelli Dendle is a PhD candidate in the School of Design, associated with the Institute of Future Environments, the Australian Association of Gerontology and the Australian Housing Institute. Her background is in the Community and Volunteer sector. She received her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Honours from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

    Research areas:

    Social impact of housing, Community engagement for older people, Cultural understanding of ageing and older people, Intergenerational interaction, Factors influencing housing suitability


    This doctoral research has been informed by observations about the Australian residential housing environment and the changing demographics of the residents who live there. Due to social and economic changes and improvements in health care, around 20% of the Australian population is projected to be over 65 by 2050. Retirement villages which are separate from the wider community have been an increasing feature of Australia’s residential housing landscape since the 1980s. Participation in social and community life has a fundamental impact on human physical and mental health. The impact of living in a segregated residential situation on older people’s community participation is not well understood. This research will use online forums with older people living in both age-segregated and age-integrated situations to examine if differing housing circumstances have an effect on their community participation.  Kelli aims to identify and critically analyse the themes and factors which contribute to the relationship between residential segregation and community participation in contemporary Australia.