Group members

The Ageing & the Life Course Faculty research group brings together researchers with expertise in topics connected to ageing, from disciplines across the Faculty of Social Sciences & Law, other faculties within the University and within the wider community.

Group leads

Dr Helen ManchesterSchool of Education
Research interests: participatory, co-produced research with community and voluntary organisations and cultural institutions; youth voice and agency; school ethos and creativity in schools; young people's understandings of cultural value in Bristol; tangible technologies for object-based storytelling with older adults living in care settings; approaches to the development of services for older people living in the community; intergenerational living and learning. 
 
Prof Karen West, School for Policy Studies
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Group members

Dr Jenny Barke, School of Education
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Dr Vanessa BeckSchool of Economics, Finance and Management
Research interests: the implications for the management of older workers, the availability of training opportunities for older workers and the use of performance management to ‘manage out’ older workers. 
 
Aggie BezzinaSchool for Policy Studies
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Ailsa CameronSchool for Policy Studies
Research interests: knowledge exchange in healthcare commissioning: private providers and NHS commissioners.
 
Dr Anne HaaseSchool for Policy Studies
Research interests: individual and family-based theoretical interventions to lifestyle behaviour change, including chronic disease-preventive health behaviours (physical activity, food choice, weight management and dieting) and the benefits of exercise and diet in mental health (depression, eating disorders).
 
Prof Misa IzuharaSchool for Policy Studies
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Ellie JohnsonSchool for Policy Studies
Research interests: the role of volunteers in care settings; the provision of social care in extra care housing; the ethnographic study of residential care homes for older people. 
 
Prof Hilary LandSchool for Policy Studies
Research interests: family policies from historical and comparative perspectives; feminist theories and social policy; the commodification and marketisation of care; women and pensions; changing family structures and the growing contribution of grandparents to childcare and social care; return of mature women to education, training and employment; children's rights.
 
Leona McCallaSchool for Policy Studies
Approved Mental Health Professional, Best Interests Assessor; consultancy services to Local Authorities in the South West of England advising on best interest decision making processes and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.
 
Prof Ruud ter MeulenBristol Medical School
Research interests: justice in health care, the ethics of research, care of older people, and evidence-based medicine.
 
Dr Therese O'TooleSchool of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Research interests: ethnicity, governance, political activism and social movements.
 
Dr Demi Patsios, School for Policy Studies
Research interests: The effects of an ageing population on policy development. The roles and responsibilities and interactions between the market, state, voluntary sector and informal sector in meeting the needs of older people. How early life influences quality of life in older age.
 
Dulce Rodriguez, School of Education
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Dr Hannah RumbleSchool of Education
Research interests: death and dying.
 
Prof Randall SmithSchool for Policy Studies
Research interests: ageing and social care.
 
Dr Joe Webb, Bristol Medical School & School for Policy Studies
Research interests: interaction, disability studies, health care encounters and how to make changes to policy and practice. 
 
Dr Paul WillisSchool for Policy Studies
Research interests: sexuality, care and ageing; trans ageing and gender identity; inclusive care provision for diverse groups of older people; older men's experiences of loneliness; equality measures in organisations, and; queer youth health and wellbeing.
 
Dr Junko YamashitaSchool of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Research interests: welfare, care, families, intergenerational relations, inequality and gender.
 
Dr Gemma MorganBristol Medical School
Research interests: adapting behaviour change interventions; designing and conducting feasibility and pilot RCTs; delivering public health interventions through primary care. 
 
Georgia Smith, South West Doctoral Training Partnership
Research interests: the experiences, perceptions and understandings of Benzodiazepine and other medication use amongst older age groups.
 
Dr Simon Hankins, CEO of BS3 Community Development (Southville, Bristol)  
Interests: community and stakeholder engagement; social enterprise; mental health. 
 
Tony Watts OBE, Chair of South West Forum on Ageing
Interests: later life issues, retirement and ageing.
 
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