I am Professor of Gerontology and Director of the Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA) in the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University since 2008. Prior to 2008, I was Director of the Centre for Social Policy Research and Development at Bangor University. Since taking up my position at Swansea University I have been responsible for the expansion of the CIA from 4 to 34 members of staff. The Centre is one of the most prestigious gerontology research centres in the UK.
Over the last five years, I have personally worked on and led research projects worth approximately £8M. My research focuses on older people’s attachment to people and places and I have published over 40 papers and book chapters on rurality, loneliness, support networks, intergenerational relationships, ethnicity and migration. Although I am located in Wales, my research is conducted within local, national and international contexts. For example, recent research focuses on the closure of care homes in Wales (local), on connecting communities and developing well-being through socially engaged visual arts practice for people with dementia (national) and intergenerational relationships and support networks of older South Asians comparing the situation of elders living in the UK, India and Bangladesh (international).
Outputs from my research are used to improve the quality of life and promote the welfare of older people. I hold a public appointment as the research member on the National Partnership Forum for Older People in Wales, and I am a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.