Professor Vanessa Burholt is Professor of Gerontology in the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University.
Her research focuses on older people’s attachment to people and places and in the past five years she had led or worked on research projects worth approximately £8 million.
She has published over 40 papers and book chapters on rurality, loneliness, support networks, intergenerational relationships, ethnicity and migration, and her research is conducted within local, national and international contexts.
Professor Burholt’s leadership of Swansea’s Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA) has seen it undergo rapid expansion to become one of the most prestigious gerontology research centres in the UK.
Professor Burholt also holds a public appointment as the research member on the National Partnership Forum for Older People in Wales, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
The Centre provides the infrastructure, focus and leadership for ageing research and scholarship across the University’s College of Human and Health Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.
It hosts the Older People and Ageing Research & Development Network, and the Wales Stroke Research Interest Group and has strong links with Wales Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (NEURODEM Cymru).
The Centre is the only one of its kind in Wales, identifying gaps in ageing research and generating new interdisciplinary knowledge in the field of ageing.
Members of the Centre work collaboratively with other centres in the UK, Europe, the USA, Canada, South Asia and Australasia and are sought after frequently as collaborators, consultants or advisors for international projects