Professor Vanessa Burholt
Professor
Centre for Innovative Ageing
Telephone: (01792) 602186

About Me

After graduating from the Open University in 1994, Vanessa worked as a researcher at Bangor University while she undertook her PhD. After completing her PhD in 1998, Vanessa became Deputy Director of the Centre for Social Policy Research and Development at Bangor University and in 2004 took over as Director. Vanessa was awarded a personal Chair at Bangor in 2007, and shortly after moved to Swansea University, as Director of the Centre for Innovative Ageing. In 2016, Vanessa was also appointed Director of the pan Wales, Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research.

Vanessa holds a public appointment as the research member of the Ministerial Advisory Forum on Ageing and is co-Chair of the research hub of the Campaign to End Loneliness. Personal awards include Fellow of the Academy of Social Science and Senior Research Leader for Health and Care Research Wales. In 2015, she won the CHHS outstanding contribution to research award. She is a member of the ESRC Peer Review College and ESRC DTC Peer Review College. She sits on the grants panel for ESRC Future Leaders, and ESRC Grants Assessment Panel C and is member of the Board for Health and Care Research Wales.

Vanessa sits on the CHHS Senior Management Board, and Social Care Ethics Committee, and the Research Committee.

Vanessa has worked on and led international and national research projects worth approximately £11.3M, and has supervised 23 post-graduate students.

Her research interests include loneliness, support networks, intergenerational relationships, social exclusion rurality, migration of older people and attachment to place and she has published over 50 articles and book chapters on these topics.

Publications

  1. & Transnational Relationships and Cultural Identity of Older Migrants. GeroPsych 29(2), 57-69.
  2. & (2015). The Integrated Care Evaluation Framework (ICE-F): A Realistic Evaluation of Integrated Health and Social Care Services in Wales.. Cardiff: Welsh Governnebt Social Research.
  3. & The impact of supported living environments on social resources and the experience of loneliness for older widows living in Wales: An exploratory mediation analysis. Family Science 4(1), 121-132.
  4. & Poor Health and Loneliness in Later Life: The Role of Depressive Symptoms, Social Resources, and Rural Environments. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 69(2), 311-324.
  5. & Extracare: Does It Promote Resident Satisfaction Compared to Residential and Home Care?. British Journal of Social Work 45(3), 949-967.

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Teaching

  • 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

  • Disadvantage and Advantage among Older people in Rural Communities: A multi-level and life-course perspective (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Vanessa Burholt
    Other supervisor: Professor Norah Keating
  • Title: Risks, Rights and Responsibilities within multi disciplinary practice and current policy for older people with complex health and social care needs (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Judith Phillips
    Other supervisor: Professor Vanessa Burholt
  • The last refuge or a new horizon? Choice and control for older people in long term care (current)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Professor Judith Phillips
    Other supervisor: Professor Vanessa Burholt
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Vanessa Burholt
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Nash
  • The experience of informal carers of people with young onset dementia (YOD) in rural Wales (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Vanessa Burholt
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Nash
  • 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: Professor Vanessa Burholt
  • Unlocked voices: the impact of creative writing interventions on the wellbeing of people with dementia (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Vanessa Burholt
    Other supervisor: Professor David Britton
  • The role of social support networks in the dementia literacy of older people (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Vanessa Burholt
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
  • Relationship Convoys and Wellbeing in Older Americans (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Vanessa Burholt
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Nash
  • 'The Transient Nature of Loneliness and Social Isolation in Later Life' (awarded 2015)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Vanessa Burholt
    Other supervisor: Dr Stephen Drinkwater
  • 'The Influence of Lifestyle on the Association between Health Conditions and Cognitive Function in Older People: Analysis of CFAS Wales Interim Data' (awarded 2014)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Vanessa Burholt
    Other supervisor: Professor Michael Dennis
  • ''''''''Geographies of Gender and Generation'''''''' (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Heaven Crawley
    Other supervisor: Professor Vanessa Burholt

Administrative Responsibilities

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2007 Present Director of the Centre for Innovative Ageing Swansea University
2004 2007 Head of the Centre for Social Policy Research and Development Bangor University

External Responsibilities

Key Grants and Projects

  • Older People’s External Residential Assessment Tool (OPERAT) 2013 - 2015

    , with M. Roberts, G. Windle, S. Lannon, NISCHR

  • Dementia and imagination: connecting communities and developing well-being through socially engaged visual arts practice 2013 - 2015

    , with G. Windle, A. Newman, C. Parkinson, V. Tischler, D. O’Brien, B. Woods, AHRC

  • Develop methods to assess the quality and costs of integrated older people’s services, to drive national service re-design and realise associated financial and social benefits 2012 - 2014

    , with S. Chichlowska, ESRC, TSB, Welsh Government

  • The role of older people’s support networks in health literacy and patterns of health and social care service use 2012 - 2015

    , with M. Edwards, A. Williams, NISCHR

  • Inter, intra-generational and transnational caring in minority communities in Wales 2011 - 2013

    , with S. Doebler, C. Victor, W. Martin, NISCHR

  • The closure of care homes for older people in Wales: Prevalence, process and impact 2010 - 2011

    , with C. Beech, B. Winter, J. Phillips, NISCHR

  • End of life care for older people in Wales: Policy, practice and the effectiveness of the Integrated Care Pathway for the Last Days of Life 2010 - 2011

    , with C. Dobbs, S. Chichlowska, K. Bullen, NISCHR

  • Inter, intra-generational and transnational caring in minority communities. 2010 - 2013

    , with C. Dobbs, C. Victor, W. Martin, A. Ahmet, Leverhulme Trust

  • Maintaining function and well-being in later life: A longitudinal cohort study 2010 - 2016

    J. Phillips, M. Edwards, B. Woods, G. Windle, L. Clare, K. Bennett, C. McCracken, C. Brayne, F. Matthews, ESRC

  • Grey and Pleasant Land? An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Connectivity of Older People in Rural Civic Society 2008 - 2012

    J. Phillips, C. Musselwhite, C. Hennessey, R. Means, G. Parkhurst, K. Jones, K. Galvin, L. Todres, I. Biggs, S. Biggs, N. Curry, P. Milbourne, R. Jones , ESRC

  • Extracare: meeting the needs of fit or frail older people? 2008 - 2012

    J. Phillips, S. Mahoney, P. Nash, NISCHR

Research Groups

  • Centre for Innovative Ageing

    Thematic groups: Environments of Ageing; Community, intergenerational and family relationships; Social care – Health and Wellbeing; Rights, Equality and Inclusion