Advanced Care Research Centre

The Team: Understanding the Person In Context

Meet the Team: Workpackage Four

Workpackage Lead - Professor Heather Wilkinson

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Heather Wilkinson is Professor of Dementia Practice and Participation and the director of the Edinburgh Centre for Research on the Experience of Dementia. She is also deputy director of the Advanced Care Research Centre (ACRC) and the Academy for Leadership in the ACRC. She has a longstanding involvement in qualitative dementia research and activism and is also a trainee psychotherapist. 

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Senior Research Fellow - Dr. Sue Lewis

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Sue Lewis is an ethnographer and Senior Research Fellow (Gender, Care, Families and Work) in the School of Social and Political Science. Her expertise includes co-production research on health and inequalities with communities of place and of interest. 


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Personal Projects ​- Professor Catharine Ward Thompson

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Catharine Ward Thompson is Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of OPENspace research centre, with a focus on inclusive access outdoors and salutogenic environments, at the University of Edinburgh. 

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Ageing in Place​ - Professor Dame Louise Robinson

Louise Robinson is an academic GP, is Regius Professor of Ageing And Professor of Primary Care and Ageing at Newcastle University. She leads one of three national Alzheimer Society Centres of Excellence in Dementia Care Research.

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Ageing in Place​ - Professor Katie Brittain

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Katie Brittain is Professor of Applied Health Research & Ageing in the Population Health Sciences Institute at Newcastle University. Her research interests focus on how aspects of the physical, social and technological environment pose challenges and opportunities for older people and their wider community.

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Ageing in Place - Dr. Andrew Kingston

A Chartered Statistician with a PhD in statistical epidemiology, Andrew uses complex longitudinal data and advanced statistical techniques to understand how health outcomes unfold over time. His principal area of technical interest relates to statistical methods that are applicable to complex longitudinal data that have the capacity to identify temporal trends and how factors impact/shape those trends. His mathematical expertise centres on methodology used to analyse longitudinal continuous and categorical data and microsimulation.

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Ageing in Place Research Assistant - Emma McLellan

Emma joined Newcastle University in November 2010 and has since worked on several research projects within the Population Health Sciences Institute. Her research experience has predominantly involved people aged over 60 years, people living with dementia and their families, and has also included being part of a global research project into dementia care in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Qualitative research methods are her primary focus, with experience of ethnography, focus groups and interviews.

Emma is currently involved in a longitudinal qualitative research project, 'Ageing in place successfully: exploring factors which facilitate and hinder independent living with age'.

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Transitions in Care​ - Professor Linda McKie

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Linda McKie is Executive Dean for the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy at King's College, London. She is also a Visiting Professor in Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki. Across several decades her research has considered care, caring and the multiple interfaces of caring and working. Linda is also concerned with the use of evidence in policy making and evaluation, working with colleagues across philosophy, social policy and sociology.


Value in Care - Professor Chris Speed

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Chris Speed is Professor and Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh and Co-Director for the Institute for Design Informatics where he collaborates with a wide variety of partners to explore how design provides methods to adapt, and co-create products and services within a networked society.

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Value in Care - Dr. Larissa Pschetz

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Larissa Pschetz is a Lecturer in Design Informatics, Programme Director of Product Design, and Edinburgh Futures Institute Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on design-led methods to explore the socio-economic impact of data-driven technologies.

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Value in Care & Images of Care - Professor John Vines

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John Vines is Chair of Design Informatics in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, and is Co-Director of the Institute for Design Informatics. His research is in the field of human-computer interaction, where he studies the lived experience of digital and data-driven technologies and uses participatory methodologies to design new technologies that have social impact and value.

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Personal Projects ​Research Fellow - Dr. Caroline Pearce

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Caroline Pearce is a Research Fellow for Personal Projects within the ACRC. With a background in sociology, Caroline’s research has focused on using qualitative and mixed methods to understand people’s experiences of health conditions and evaluate health care practices, with a particular focus on bereavement and end of life care. Previously, Caroline was a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge from 2019-2021 and King’s College London from 2017-2019. She completed her PhD on recovery following bereavement at The Open University in 2016. Her research interests include recovery following illness and bereavement, primary and community care in later life and knowledge production in health care.

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Research Fellow - Dr. Jacob Sheahan

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Jacob Sheahan is a Research Fellow for Informal Networks of Care and based at the Institute for Design Informatics. With a background in industrial and interaction design and conducting participatory design research, Jacob’s work focuses on socially complex contexts from ageing to health to safety. Having studied at RMIT University, Melbourne, Jacob is well-versed in interdisciplinary and collaborative projects that partner with local communities and organisations to develop socio-technical designs and innovations.

Images of Care Research Fellow - Dr. Nichole Fernandez

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Nichole is a Research Fellow for Images of Care. With a background in visual sociology and media studies, Nichole is researching how care later in life is visually represented and constructed. Her experience in creative and visual methodologies has covered topics in digital sociology, mental health, migration, geography, nationalism, and environment. Prior to working for the ACRC, Nichole was a Lecturer in Sociology at UCSD and an assistant professor at Hiram. Her PhD was conducted at the University of Edinburgh in sociology researching representations of nation and place.

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Administrator - Marta Dongresova

Marta Dongresova

Marta has significant experience of developing, implementing and managing operational support systems in the higher education sector and she is responsible for supporting the research and reporting activities of Work Package 4. As the WP4 Project Administrator, Marta looks after day-to-day business operations of the project and she has assumed a key position in building and maintaining the WP4 Knowledge Network. Prior to joining the ACRC, Marta led the Academic Services Centre at King’s College London and supported delivery of KCL nursing and midwifery programmes at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care (2017-2021). During this time, Marta had a vital role in supporting practice learning, which included building and maintaining relationships with healthcare partners from the NHS and the private sector. 

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