My PhD (submitted December 2016) examined the impacts of the Coalition Government's Welfare Reform programme on disabled people living in Scotland. This focused in particular on issues concerning the agency and citizenship of disabled people, and the extent to which the Coalition's reforms recognised and either extended or reduced disabled people's citizenship status. My research also provided an early insight into the functioning of new mechanisms designed to increase choice and control over the provision of social care in the form of Self-Directed Support.
I am currently working on the Neighbourhoods: Our People, Our Places research project here at the University of Stirling, The aim of this research is to find out how neighbourhoods and local communities can support people with dementia to remain socially and physically active. We work closely with people with dementia and their carers to find out what their neighbourhood means to them, the different ways it supports them, and what could be changed to make life better. Our work across Central Scotland is just one branch of an international project with the same research being undertaken in Greater Manchester (England) and Linköping (Sweden). The different teams will compare their results and findings and develop locally based interventions in each field site, working with partner organisations in the statutory and voluntary sectors. We hope the outcome will lead to positive changes at a local level for anyone affected by dementia. http://www.neighbourhoodsanddementia.org/work-programme-4/?doing_wp_cron=1478686454.9589478969573974609375