Dr McCall is a Lecturer in Social Policy and Housing at the University of Stirling. Her work has included extensive research on the role of front-line workers, users and volunteers and the policy process. This has included exploring front-line worker discretion, interpretations, activities and actions. Part of this work has been around bridging the gap between policy and practice. As a Lecturer in the Housing Studies programme, Dr McCall delivers the postgraduate Diploma in Housing Studies. This is a prestigious programme verified by the Chartered Institute of Housing, which links theory and practice to housing practitioners for students in the UK and also internationally. Dr McCall has won a RATE award for the ‘most innovative in e-learning' (2015) and Excellence in Teaching in the School of Applied Social Science (2016). Dr McCall is active both as a Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator, having been involved in 12 successful research bids over the last 4 years, including three projects as Principal Investigator focusing on housing, the third sector, ageing, health, social care, culture and partnership working. Dr McCall has a broad portfolio of social science teaching and research with the University of Stirling. Expertise include housing, volunteers, devolution, poverty, inequality, gender, social problems, urban society and the cultural sector. This also includes experience in lecturing on and conducting social research, comparative social research, qualitative and quantitative methods. Dr McCall has published work around social policy, housing, ageing, policy integration, online academic communities, social inclusion, museums, policy makers' perceptions of culture and cultural data. She is also a leader on e-learning and teaching through a variety of different mediums. Recent projects include:
The role of volunteers in dementia care - see www.asume.co.uk
Bringing together health, social care and housing services for older people
Quality of Life in Later Years - Voices of Older People in Scotland Research Project or 'A Good Life Project'
Exploring the Creating Conversations toolkit: the impact of art-based activities on those living with dementia.
Housing and Dementia
Housing and older owner occupiers
Partnership and collaboration in the cultural sector
Beyond Stigma: Exploring the lives of people living in the East End of Glasgow
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Social policy, housing, ageing society, third sector, volunteering, communities, dementia, culture, cultural services, museums, governance, the policy process, poverty, inequality, wellbeing, citizenship, social inclusion and gender
Robertson J & McCall V (2016) Exploring the 'Creating Conversations' toolkit: the impact of art-based activities on those living with dementia. Scottish Funding Council. Artlink Central. Artlink Central.
McCall V (2015) Blog for Critical Urbanists, 15/04/2015. Critical Urbanists. Available at: https://criticalurbanists.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/the-continuing-danger-of-the-right-to-buy-how-housing-is-on-the-election-agenda-for-the-wrong-reasons-by-vikki-mccall-university-of-stirling/
McCall V, Mooney G, Rutherford P & Gilmour A (2014) The Potential of Online Academic Communities for Teaching Staff: Findings from a Pilot Study of the SocialLearn Platform
, International Journal of Web Based Communities, 10 (4), pp. 404-425.