Academic Researchers

The researchers involved are:

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Dr Lizzie Ward
University of Brighton

Dr Lizzie Ward is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Applied Social Science at the University of Brighton.  Lizzie leads on age and ageing research and has developed the profile of ageing research within the school, building links across the university through networking events and seminars as well as developing external links with health and social care practitioners who work in the area of ageing.

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Prof Mo Ray
University of Lincoln

Mo is Research Director for the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Lincoln and is responsible for supporting and developing the research culture and environment within the School.  She also has responsibility for fostering collaborations and partnerships within the wider University and health and social care community.

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Dr Denise Tanner
University of Birmingham

Denise Tanner is a Senior Lecturer on BA and MA Social Work courses at the University of Birmingham.  Her areas of teaching and research interest include adult social work/social care policy and practice; social work with older people; social work skills; social perspectives of mental distress; and service user involvement in education and research. She has lead responsibility for Postgraduate Research students in the Department of Social Work and Social Care.

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Dr Claire Markham
University of Lincoln

Claire Markham is a research fellow at the University of Lincoln, in the School of Health and Social Care.  My first degree is in Criminology and I have an MA in Globalising Justice from the University of Lincoln. My PhD, in Social Policy, explored multiple representations and experiences surrounding the village pub.  On completion of my PhD, I have worked on a number of different research projects focusing on community concerns and community well-being.  I have gained valuable experience in conducting community based research using qualitative and participatory methods. Findings from my PhD have been published in book chapters and through paper presentations at national conferences.  I am passionate about involving community groups in my research to ensure that their views and experiences are represented and to inform the research. My main research interests focus on individual and community well-being, community development, and the sustainability of rural communities.

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Dr Phil Locke University of Brighton

Phil Locke is a Research Fellow at the University of Brighton and her research interests focus on the lives of older people.  In particular the experience of receiving care and the impact that relationships with family, friends and carers have on older people’s perception, and experience, of care. Her PhD, awarded in 2016, centered on care relations and explored the relevance of the policy rhetoric of choice to the experiences of older people and their informal carers.  Her thesis examined the transition from independence to informal care, the introduction of formal care and the way that care relationships developed and shifted through these changes. It considered a wide range of perspectives, carers and care recipients, informal and formal care, and how all these elements intersect to provide a view of the way that care relationships advance or constrain older people’s opportunities to make choices.

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