I am a Senior Lecturer in Dementia Studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences. My background is in social work specialising in working with older people and people with dementia in particular. As a result I have an interest in social care practice and the evolving landscape of dementia care. I'm a member of the British Society of Gerontology and the British Sociological Association and belong to the BSA study group on Ageing, the Body and Society.
Much of the research I've been involved in has been participatory and I'm particularly interested in using methods that can support people with dementia to meaningfully participate in research. I've spent time studying care and communication, issues of discrimination in relation to ageing and later life and have an interest in sexuality and ageing. My PhD investigated gender relations in dementia care settings using discourse analysis and theory. More recent research on the Hair and Care project foregrounded attention to embodiment and the senses in the context of body work relationships in dementia care. Current interests include dementia and place, with a focus on the lived experience of dementia in time and space. I'm also part of a knowledge partnership leading a dementia enabling community development project across Stirling called 'Our Connected Neighbourhoods'.