Getting to know you ...... Dr Victoria Cornell
What’s your day job and how do you engage with AAG?
I research housing issues for older people, particularly affordable and accessible housing for people with a higher level of vulnerability, such as those on a low income, those in the private rental sector and those at risk of homelessness. I work closely with the AAG as the Convenor of the Housing and the Built Environment SIG.
Delighted by recently being awarded the Churchill Fellowship and being elected to join the AAG Board and Trustee of the AAG Research Trust. Busy and exciting times ahead…
What is your favourite thing about your career?
My career has been very varied, with years working in government roles, then moving into research which I enjoy. My career now seems to have come full circle as my first jobs were working in local councils in England on housing issues. Housing, therefore, seems to be the favourite thing.
What does AAG and gerontology mean for you?
AAG means an informative trusted and welcoming network of colleagues, many I now call friends, with whom I’ve shared wins and losses (both professionally and personally). Gerontology? When I talk about what I do, people often say ‘oh, yes, that’s such an important area for someone to be looking at’, so that probably sums it up.
Who is your “hero” and why?
I’m not really sure I have a hero (or heroine) but I have a deep respect and love for the women in my family, including my mother, grandmothers and aunt.
What is your passion?
Apart from social gerontology? Travel, walking, reading and catching up with friends. On the more indulgent side of things - good produce (I volunteer at my local Farmers’ Market and am a keen gardener) and cooking, good coffee, the odd tipple, and dark chocolate.
What really makes you angry?
Intolerance and bigotry…oh, and bad coffee.
Would you rather ride a bike, ride a horse, or drive a car?
I’d actually prefer to walk!
What makes you laugh the most?
Catching up with friends, looking through old photos, and of course cat videos (don’t they make everyone laugh?). And something that makes me laugh and cry with equal measure… politics.
What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
Professionally - giving up working in government after a long career there and taking the leap of faith to do a PhD. Personally - shark cage diving, off the Eyre Peninsula in SA.
5th December 2019