I am a researcher within the Dementia and Ageing Research team in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at the University of Manchester. I currently work on the NIHR/ESRC Neighbourhoods and Dementia study engaged in work package 4 on The 'Neighbourhoods: Our People, Our Places' Study.
I have worked on a number of research projects including the NIHR SDO Transitions from Cognitive Impairment to Dementia study. I was the researcher on the ESRC Hair and Care Study from April 2011 – May 2013. Alongside this work I have been involved in a number of small-scale evaluations exploring various aspects of living well with dementia. I am also a doctoral candidate in the school undertaking work relating to the everyday atmospheres of dementia care settings through the embodied narrative of men living with dementia. My supervisors are Professor John Keady and Dr. Richard Ward (University of Stirling).
I also have a deep personal interest in dementia as both my father had a diagnosis of dementia and my father-in-law died from Alzheimer’s Disease. These personal experiences have given me some insight into the experience of being a family carer and of the care system.