Sarah Keyes

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Medical School, Doorway 6, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG

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Sarah Keyes is a Postdoctoral Reserach Fellow based in CPASS in the School of Health and Social Science.

My research and knowledge exchange interests focus on Innovation in Participation, Empowerment and Care for People Living with Dementia.I joined the School of Health in Social Science in August 2011 as a Researcher on the Healthbridge (National Dementia Strategy) Evaluation. Since then, I have worked on a range of Research and Knowledge Exchange projects.

Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, I had been in the School of Health, Community and Education Studies at Northumbria University, completing an Undergraduate Degree in Disability Studies and Advice, Guidance and Counselling before going on to complete a PhD and then work as a member of staff on research projects based within the School.

Postgraduate teaching

  • MSc Integrated Service Improvement: Personalisation and Outcomes; Supervised Critical Reading and Dissertation Supervision
  • MSc Dementia: International Expereince, Policy and Practice: Critical Issues in Intellectual Disability and Dementia

Research summary

Research activity

Forthcoming project:

Beyond the Margins: developing a Personal Development Programme with, by and for people living with dementia who are not accessing existing services and support. February 2019 - August 2021. Funded by Alzheimer's Society.


Current research interests

My research and Knowledge Exchange interests focus on innovation in participation, empowerment and care for people living with dementia. I am particularly interested in the application of a social model understanding of disability, an Ethic of Care and research which explores interdependency in relationships.

Past research interests

Previous Research Projects have included: Showing the way: developing an evaluation framework for signage for people living with dementia (September 2014- June 2015) (Associate Investigator) Funder: Dementia Collaborative Research Centre (Australia) PI: Meredith Gresham, Hammond Care, Australia; Methodological dialogue in dementia design: responding to the call for dementia-friendly environments through co-produced design (September 2014- July 2015). (Co-applicant) Funder: UoE Academic Researcher-led Network Fund. PI: Professor Heather Wilkinson; Transforming international learning disability and dementia research through collaboration leading to a pioneering multi-site research bid (September 2014 - March 2015). (Co-applicant) Funder: UoE College of Humanities and Social Science Challnege Investment Fund. PI: Professor Heather Wilkinson; Meaningful and Measurable: Understanding the capture, analysis and use of personal outcomes data in health and social care (November 2013- November 2014). (Research Fellow) Funder: ESRC; site: PI: Dr Ailsa Cook; Involving people with dementia in research: developing a set of core principles (August 2013 - July 2014). (Principle Investigator) Funder: College of Humanities and Social Science Knowledge Exchange Fund; Feasibility Study for Environments Designed for Cognitive Impairment (June 2013 - September 2013) (Academic Lead). Innovation Voucher funded by Scottish Funding Council; Theatre and Arts in Health and Society: establishing a Theatre in Health and Society Cluster, rooted in an international collaboration in Theatre as a transformative tool in research, teaching, learning and public engagement. (Acting PI) (August 2013- July 2014) Funder: College of Humanities and Social Science Challenge Investment Fund.

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