Dr Paul Willis
Paul is a social work educator and social researcher in adult social care, ageing and social inclusion. His research expertise includes loneliness, ageing and masculinities; sexuality and ageing; gender identity and ageing.
- social care
- social inclusion
- gender identity
- social work
Associate Professor in Social Work and Social GerontologySchool for Policy Studies
I am a social work educator and social researcher in adult social care, ageing and social inclusion. I am also an NIHR Senior Research Fellow and the current Head of Centre for Research in Health and Social Care (School for Policy Studies). My research areas include: inclusive housing provision for older adults; loneliness, ageing and masculinities; sexuality, care and ageing; trans ageing and gender identity; inclusive care provision for diverse groups of older people; and; LGBTQ youth health and wellbeing. I welcome proposals for postgraduate research (PhD/ Masters) in any of the above areas.
I qualified as a social worker in Tasmania (Australia) in 2002 and my former practice experience includes school social work with children and adolescents (statutory role) and counselling and community work with sexual and gender minority groups (voluntary agency). In February 2009, I took up a lecturer post in social work with Swansea University after providing sessional teaching in both sociology and social work programmes at the University of Tasmania for 4 years. I joined the School for Policy Studies in 2016.
Older men at the margins study: a qualitative study of older men's experiences of seeking social engagement and combating loneliness in later life. Funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research, based at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. Principal Investigator. Read more here.
Trans* ageing and care (TrAC): a mixed methods study into dignified and inclusive health and social care for older trans* and intersex people in Wales. Funded by Dunhill Medical Turst, based at Swansea University. Principal investigator and co-manager. Read more here.
As a social care researcher my research areas include: older men's experiences of loneliness and social isolation; sexuality, care and ageing; trans ageing and gender identity; inclusive care provision for diverse groups of older people; equality measures in organisations, and; LGBTQ youth health and wellbeing. I welcome proposals for postgraduate research (PhD/ Masters) in any of the above areas.
Exploring Meals on Wheels as a service provided to vulnerable adults in South-East Asia: establishing food safety, nutritional, social care, psychological and policy implications
DescriptionThis project is a cross-country collaboration between the University of Bristol, the National Cheng Kung University (Taiwan) and Universitas Airlangga (Indonesia). The aim is for the working group to explore…
8121 EBI Exploring the experiences of community service providers delivering meals to self-isolating adults during COVID-19 A Papadaki
DescriptionThe aim of this study was to explore Meals on Wheels service providers’ experiences and their perceptions around the benefits and challenges faced by the service, and understand how these…
01/09/2020 to 31/12/2020
DescriptionFunded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research, this rapid study examined the provision of online information for unpaid carers during the Covid-19 pandemic in England. It follows a…
20/07/2020 to 31/07/2021
DescriptionFunded by the Economic and Social Research Council, 2019-2021. The principal aim of the DICE Project is to explore the social inclusion of older people from socially diverse backgrounds in…
14/01/2019 to 31/01/2022
DescriptionThe Care Under the Rainbow online resources and films can be viewed here: https://www.diversitytrust.org.uk/careunderrainbow/
01/07/2018 to 30/03/2019
Meals on Wheels should be supported by the Government to ensure the wellbeing of older, vulnerable, and self-isolating adults during lockdown
- Other contribution
Casting light on the distinctive contribution of social work in multidisciplinary teams for older people
British Journal of Social Work
Voluntary Sector Review
- E-pub ahead of print
Online advice to carers: an updated review of local authority websites in England
- Commissioned report
Rooted in Strengths: celebrating the strengths perspective in social work
- Chapter in a book
I've been teaching on social work qualifying programmes since 2006 in Australia and the UK. As a social work educator, I currently teach on the MSc Social Work programme at Bristol, specifically teaching on social work with adults, community work, contemporary contexts of social work, and social work with older people. I have particular interests in teaching on the importance of sexuality as an integral dimension to human relationships and its significance in social work as a dimension to people's wellbeing and life satisfaction.