PhD Research Student

My PhD title is Social Transformations: Pathways to Residential Care for Older People in Tamil Nadu

My background

My employment experience includes working in the Third Sector and statutory adult services for almost 14 years in the UK: spanning across acute mental health settings, homelessness hostels, and sheltered scheme management for older people. I completed the PG Cert Counselling followed by the BSc (Hons) Social Work 1st class in 2015. I was awarded a PhD studentship with the Centre for Innovative Ageing in Swansea University which included completing the MSc in Social Research Methods.

My research

My research explores the intersection between population ageing, migration and social change. This is because unprecedented developments of care homes suggest the relationship between older people, families and the State has changed. But limited social work with older people in India means little is known about the pathways into residential care nor whether families and communities support (or not) older people, nor whether residential care is equipped to meet older people’s needs.

This qualitative, sequentially explorative design adopts a narrative approach through conducting in-depth interviews with older people living in residential care, managers, support staff, and relevant stakeholders. The aims are to understand how social transformations impact older people’s pathways to residential care; to explore whether care homes meet older adults needs and to explore how older adults’ care can be remodelled. It is hoped this research addresses gaps in knowledge thereby informing future social work with older adults.

My supervisors

Prof Vanessa Burholt, Dr Martin Hyde