Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
Associate Professor
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 295783
Room: Office - 123
First Floor
Haldane Building
Singleton Campus

I have an interdisciplinary background in Demography and Sociology applied to Social Policy issues (BScHons, UK; MSc, MPhil Sociology, PhD Demography, La Sorbonne, Paris).

Having worked previously in France, New Zealand and Mauritius, my international academic experience has spanned interdisciplinary, comparative research on population ageing and its implications for population policy and development,  intergenerational relationships and more recently, issues around ageing in place and older people’s housing.

I have collaborated in European and international research projects (e.g. UN Fertility and Family Surveys project; French-British ESRC-EC International Comparisons of Family Policies in Europe project; New Zealand, The Foundation for Research, Science and Technology  – Mid-life transactions project; ESRC-UK & CNAV-France Comparison of Housing Adaptations project), and since arriving at Swansea, have collaborated with Welsh Government and third sector partners in developing, collaborating and leading on various projects (housing preferences; housing adaptations; older people and technology; extra-care housing; "moving home" service developments; electrical safety at home; intergenerational relations and care environments).

I am joint coordinator for the European Network on Housing Research working group Housing & Living Conditions of Ageing Populations, and was member of the Welsh Government’s Expert Group on Housing an Ageing Population. I am also involved in the development of work for the Housing Learning & Information Network in Wales. I write and review for leading scientific journals in the fields of Social Gerontology and Sociology. My teaching expertise is in comparative social policy, the use of evidence for research, policy and practice, and ageing studies. My PhD supervision currently focuses on the broad area of "ageing in place" (e.g. older people's housing choices and preferences; intergenerational interventions and dementia in residential care settings; networking patterns of community-based service providers; the role of ICTs in facilitating independent living at home).


  1. & The "if", "when" and "how" of moving home (in preparation). Journal of Housing for the Elderly
  2. Relational Sociology: Contributions to Understanding Residential Relocation Decisions in Later Life. In F. Dépelteau (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Relational Sociology. (pp. 621-639). Palgrave Macmillan.
  3. The Failure of Family Planning in Mauritian “Cités”. In Population Studies and Development from Theory to Fieldwork. Springer.
  4. ‘Pathways to choice’ of care setting. Ageing and Society, 1-30.
  5. & (in press). Housing for Older People in Wales. An Evidence Review. Report prepared for the Minister of Communities and Tackling Poverty . Cardiff: Public Policy Institute for Wales.

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  • ASP315 Social Policy in an Ageing World

    This module explores policies and provision for an ageing population. It begins with an overview of the theoretical explanations of the experience of ageing and takes a critical social gerontological approach towards the analysis of policy. The impact of ageism and other forms of discrimination is explored. Substantive areas of policy (e.g. mobility and transport, safe-guarding in residential contexts, housing) are scrutinized in the UK and Welsh contexts, and comparatively with other countries.

  • 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.

  • ASPM03 Policies and Practices for an Ageing Population

    The aim of the module is to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the historical and current policy developments in ageing and to highlight `best practice¿ with older people in areas such as care, housing and service provision. The module focuses on the Welsh and English policy contexts but places them within a European context.


  • The role of social support networks in the dementia literacy of older people (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
    Other supervisor: Dr Martin Hyde
    Other supervisor: Prof Vanessa Burholt
  • “We are probably Wales’ best kept secret” – An exploration of the role of Care & Repair Cymru caseworkers in facilitating independent living for older people in Wales. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Vanessa Burholt
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
  • Older Adults, Informal Support, and the Driving Cessation Process (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
    Other supervisor: Dr Charles Musselwhite
  • Attitudes of Clinical Staff towards peri-natal bereavement support in Oman (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Joy Merrell
    Other supervisor: Dr Sherrill Snelgrove
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
  • Not yet decided upon. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Nash
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
  • Enhancing person-centred care and wellbeing for older residents with dementia through intergenerational practice (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrea Tales
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
  • IPad based and computer investigation of Visual Attention-related function in Vascular Cognitive Impairment (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Megan Crawford
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeremy Tree
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrea Tales
  • 'Mutual caring and learning disabilities: The lived experiences of mutual carers and the role of service providers.' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
    Other supervisor: Prof Fiona Verity

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Management Team Member - Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences

    0 - Present

  • Convenor for modules - Social Policy BSc Programme and MSc Ageing and Gerontology

    0 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2009 Present Associate Professor Swansea University
2006 2009 Senior Lecturer Swansea University
1995 2006 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer University of Waikato, NZ
1992 1995 Assistant Lecturer Université René Descartes, La Sorbonne, Département des Sciences Sociales
1992 1995 Consultant UNFPA & UNDP Indian Ocean (population change expert)
1991 1995 Research Assistant European Observatory for...
1982 1989 Documentalist International Bureau of Education, UNESCO, Geneva

External Responsibilities

  • Member , Housing Learning & Information Network Cymru

    2017 - Present

  • Coordinator, Working Group, Housing and Living Conditions of Ageing Populations, ENHR

    2010 - Present

  • Member of the , Welsh Government’s Expert Group on Housing an Ageing Population

    2015 - 2017

  • Member of Executive Committee, British Society of Gerontology

    2008 - Present

  • Dept. of Work and Pensions, Steering Group, British Society of Gerontology

    2012 - 2013

  • Steering Group, OPAN Cymru, Welsh Assembly Government, Swansea University

    2006 - 2010

  • Co-Editor, New Zealand Population Review, Waikato University, Population Studies Centre, New Zealand

    2005 - 2006

  • Elected Member, Council of New Zealand Population Association, Waikato University, New Zealand

    2003 - 2006

  • Elected Committee member, New Zealand Association of Gerontology, Waikato University, New Zealand

    2004 - 2006