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

About Me

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.

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