Dr Amy Murray

Dr Amy Murray

Research Officer, Public Health

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792

Email address

Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker

Research Links

Available For Postgraduate Supervision

About

Amy is a Research Officer within the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR)/Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA). This position followed the completion of her PhD in Gerontology & Ageing Studies, in September 2019. Her PhD explored the process of driving cessation in later life, amongst older adults and their informal support network members. Amy’s role as a Research Officer covers a number of CADR work packages, including Environments of ageing and psychosocial aspects of ageing. This involves research on older people’s mobility and transport, informal support networks, and older workers. Amy is also involved with the involvement and engagement strand of CADR.

Prior to embarking on her PhD, Amy completed her BSc in Social Policy & Criminology, and MSc in Gerontology & Ageing Studies, both at Swansea University. Alongside her studies, Amy previously worked for the Department for Work and Pensions as a State Pension Advisor, changing to a Bereavement Officer in the latter part of her employment. Amy also worked as a Research Officer for Urban Foundry, a creative regeneration organisation whilst completing her doctorate.

Amy has additionally undertaken voluntary work experience with the Royal Voluntary Service and the Stroke Association. Both positions primarily involved helping older people to improve or maintain levels of wellbeing and quality of life. More recently, Amy has undertaken more informal voluntary roles, supporting two older people within her local area who are living with dementia. Amy also worked with a number of older adults during the Covid-19 pandemic, providing help for their essential, as well as their psychosocial support needs.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Qualitative data collection
  • Qualitative data analysis
  • Literature reviews and report writing
  • Public involvement and engagement
  • Lecturing and mentoring
  • Academic writing
  • Public speaking
  • Social policies for an ageing population

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Amy’s teaching interests have been largely influenced by previous employment and academic experience. Interests include ageing/social gerontology, social policy, social science, and research methods. Specific topics taught across a number of degree programmes have included; mobility & transport in later life, older workers and healthy working lives, loneliness, informal support, poverty & plenty, qualitative research methods, environments of ageing, and the history of social policy. 

Amy has undertaken the role of module lead, as well as guest lecturer, across her entire PhD study.

Alternative interests include the delivery of teaching to disadvantaged young people from the local area. This has been undertaken as part of the Reaching Wider programme at Swansea university. The aim of these sessions has been to provide insight into university life, whilst aiming to encourage young people to attend university.

Research Award Highlights Collaborations