Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
Associate Professor
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 295783

I have an interdisciplinary background in Demography and Sociology applied to Social Policy (BScHons, UK; MSc, MPhil Sociology, PhD Demography, La Sorbonne, Paris).

My academic career has involved interdisciplinary, cross-comparative research on population ageing, and its implications for population policy and development, family and intergenerational relationships, and more recently, older people’s living environments, in relation to the Indian Ocean (Mauritius), Pacific Region (New Zealand), European (French) and UK contexts.

I have collaborated in European and international research projects (e.g. UN Fertility and Family Surveys project; French-British ESRC-EC International Comparisons of Family Policies in Europe project; New Zealand, FRST – Mid-life transactions project; ESRC-UK & CNAF-EC-France Comparison of Housing Adaptations project), and since arriving at Swansea, have collaborated with Welsh Government and third sector partners in developing and leading on various projects (housing adaptations; older people and technology; extra-care housing; intergenerational relations).

At present, I am joint co-ordinator of the working group on Housing & Ageing Populations for the European Network on Housing Research; Executive Committee member of the British Society of Gerontology, member of the British Social Policy Association, and current Director of Swansea’s Social Policy Undergraduate Programme. I write and review for leading scientific journals in the fields of Social Gerontology and Sociology. My teaching expertise is in comparative social policy, family policy and ageing studies.

Teaching

  • ASP300 Dissertation in Social Policy

    The aim of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to analyse and report on a social policy question of their own choosing.

  • ASP315 Social Policy in an Ageing World

    This module explores policies and provision for an ageing population. It begins with an overview of the theoretical explanations of the experience of ageing and takes a critical social gerontological approach towards the analysis of policy. The impact of ageism and other forms of discrimination is explored. Substantive areas of policy (e.g. mobility and transport, safe-guarding in residential contexts, housing) are scrutinized in the UK and Welsh contexts, and comparatively with other countries.

  • ASPM01 Population Ageing and Policy: an Introduction

    This module provides students with an introduction to population ageing as a national, regional and global demographic phenomenon. It will help them gain an appreciation of its implications for the health, social care and social policy sectors in areas such as retirement, intergenerational relations and family. The module will also help students develop a critical appreciation of some of the key debates raised by population ageing for developed and developing countries.

Supervision

  • i-Pad based investigation of Visual Attention related function in Vascular Cognitive Impairment (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrea Tales
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
    Other supervisor: Dr Megan Crawford
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeremy Tree
  • Independence and Ageing - An examination of the role that Care & Repair Cymru caseworkers undertake in facilitating independent living for older people in Wales. (Preliminary) (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
    Other supervisor: Prof Vanessa Burholt
  • 'Mutual caring and learning disabilities: The lived experiences of mutual carers and the role of service providers.' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Fiona Verity
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
  • The role of social support networks in the dementia literacy of older people (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Vanessa Burholt
    Other supervisor: Dr Martin Hyde
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
  • Examining the driving cessation process amongst current and retired older drivers and social network members (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Charles Musselwhite
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
  • Enhancing personne-centred care and wellbeing for older residents with dementia through intergenerational practice (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrea Tales
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
    Other supervisor: Dr Sherrill Snelgrove
    Other supervisor: Dr Eryl Maunder
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Nash

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Programme Director, Social Policy Undergraduate Programme - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2010 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2006 Present Associate Professor Swansea University
2006 Present Programme Director Social Policy Undergraduate Programme Swansea University
1995 2006 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer University of Waikato, NZ
1991 1995 Research Assistant European Observatory for...
1992 1995 Assistant Lecturer Université René Descartes, La Sorbonne, Département des Sciences Sociales

External Responsibilities

  • Member of Executive Committee, British Society of Gerontology

    2008 - Present

  • Coordinator, Working Group, Housing and Living Conditions of Ageing Populations, ENHR

    2010 - Present

  • Dept. of Work and Pensions, Steering Group, British Society of Gerontology

    2012 - 2013

  • Steering Group, OPAN Cymru, Welsh Assembly Government, Swansea University

    2006 - 2010

  • Co-Editor, New Zealand Population Review, Waikato University, Population Studies Centre, New Zealand

    2005 - 2006

  • Elected Member, Council of New Zealand Population Association, Waikato University, New Zealand

    2003 - 2006

  • Elected Committee member, New Zealand Association of Gerontology, Waikato University, New Zealand

    2004 - 2006