Dr Patty Doran

Research Associate

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Past projects:

UK Data Service

I worked with the as part of the User Support and Training team from 2019 - 2021. My main role was to support access to social survey microdata and census datasets. I developed and delivered a programme of online training and supported indivdual ressearchers through the helpdesk. I carried out user experience work to capture the experiences of the UK Data Service users. As part of my role I led on supporting the Third Sector to access social data.


Growing Up Healthy in Families Across the Globe - Te Ao Whanau

Children develop best when raised in functioning and supportive families. This project was based on a strong international research collaboration that brought together five of the most important studies (in terms of child development) with relevance to Aotearoa/NZ. The Pacific Islands Family Study, Te Hoe Nuku Roa (Maori Families Longitudinal Study) and the triad of Growing Up studies (NZ, Ireland and Scotland) provided detailed data with high analytical potential for Maori, Pasifika and NZ European, but also with strong European comparators from very similar countries (Ireland/Scotland).

The project was designed to draw on the experience and competence of the UK/EU collaborators to improve the scientific longitudinal analysis of the NZ studies. The jurisdictions and settings in Ireland and Scotland are relevant and similar to NZ in terms of population size, government, health and education systems, dual languages, and inequalities. The insights will be of interest to all those concerned with child development in contemporary Aotearoa/NZ.


Urban Villages

The Village model is an innovative response to ageing populations with complex health and social care needs. In the US, where the Village model has been most extensively developed, older residents have worked together to form membership-based groups to address a variety of age-related needs (Scharlach, Graham, & Lehning, 2012). The Manchester-based research project – Urban Villages – has tested the potential of the Village model, using participatory approaches working with groups of older people in two inner-city environments in Manchester, both with significant levels of economic deprivation. Residents were supported to develop and test in total seven projects, all aimed at reducing social isolation and supporting ageing in place.

The project adopted a participatory approach to enable older local citizens to have greater voice in shaping services that are important to their health and well-being (Buffel et al., 2014). More specifically, the research aimed to involve marginalised individuals and groups in the co-design, leadership and implementation of projects to better support the goal of ageing in place. In addition to extensive ethnographic observations in the two communities, focus groups and interviews have been conducted with residents and stakeholders, exploring the potential for further developing Village-type projects in low-income neighbourhoods


Research and projects

  1. MUARG: Manchester Urban Ageing Research Group

    Buffel, T., Bagnall, K., Barron, A., Cotterell, N., Doran, P., Goff, M., Hammond, M., Lang Reinisch, L., Lewis, A., Lewis, C., Mcgarry, P., Nazroo, J., Phillipson, C., Swift, L., Tenquist, M., White, S., Yarker, S. & Zhang, N.

    23/06/21 → …

    Project: Research