Maria Cheshire-Allen is a researcher and PhD candidate at the Centre for Innovative Ageing at Swansea University, UK. She holds a BSc in Philosophy and Sociology and MSc in Equality. She has worked on several large research projects including the ESRC 'Sustainable Care' programme (2017-2021). Her research interests lie in ageing, care, gender and social policy. Her research is informed by a previous career working in various policy and campaigning roles for NGOs in Wales, as well as working as a carer for older people.