Dr Alison Dawson is a Research Fellow II based in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling. An applied sociologist, she draws on a unique blend of business-oriented academic qualifications and public and private sector regulatory work experience to identify, analyse, and understand challenges to social policy and practice and offer workable solutions and recommendations for action.
A valued member of the Faculty's Dementia and Ageing Research Group for more than a decade, her research has examined and evaluated a range of policies and practices aimed at supporting and/or improving the wellbeing of vulnerable older people in different contexts. Her current research interests include dementia and sight loss, the role of technology in providing support services for older people, time use in unpaid care/support, promoting movement and activity in care homes, and the role of building design in supporting people with dementia.
Whilst primarily a researcher, she delivers occasional lectures on her areas of specialism on a range of undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses. In Spring 2016 she had the privilege of delivering the SPCU9JK ‘Ageing, Society and Social Policy' undergraduate module and was proud to have been nominated for and to have received a Recognising Achievement in Teaching Excellence (RATE) award from the University's Student Union in respect of this.
Her current contributions to wider academic life at the University of Stirling include memberships of the General University Ethics Panel, FoSS Contract Researchers' Forum, and Faculty Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Group. Outside of work, she is a Community Councillor and the manager of a struggling Fantasy Football team.
I have varied research interests, primarily revolving around themes of ageing, dementia, and the provision of care for older people.