PhD Researcher

My PhD title is Wellbeing of older carers of people living with dementia through sustainable social support in Wales

My background

I completed a BSc in Philosophy and Sociology at Swansea University and subsequently worked for several non-governmental organisations in Wales including Age Cymru for five years where I lead policy work relating to older people and equality and human rights issues.  During this time I completed a Master’s degree in Equality and Diversity at Cardiff University.  I moved to the Welsh Local Government Association in 2007 to work as a Policy Officer for New Communities, advising local and national government on issues relating to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.  In 2010, I moved to the Centre for Innovative Ageing at Swansea University and have held various research roles, most recently as a Research Development Officer for the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research.

My research

I began my PhD in January 2018.  The PhD addresses the so-called ‘unsustainable’ demand on social care services in Wales focusing on family carers and the ‘well-being’ policy ambitions for social care services. Despite its widespread application, the term ‘well-being’ lacks theoretical foundation within the adult care paradigm, and the PhD asks critical questions of the ‘well-being’ in care approach to demand management of social care in Wales.  The study site for the case study  is Wales where a well-being in care discourse is dominant and at the centre of current social care reform.  Using gender as a key analytical tool a theoretical framework for the analysis of well-being within care will be developed and applied to older family carers thereby grounding the conceptual analysis within a policy and a population level. 


Prof Norah Keating, Prof Vanessa Burholt, Dr Gideon Calder


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