The Team: Understanding the Person In Context
Meet the Team: Workpackage Four
Workpackage Lead - Heather Wilkinson
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.
Senior Research Fellow - Sue Lewis
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.
Personal Projects - Catharine Ward Thompson
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.
Ageing in Place - 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.
Ageing in Place - Katie Brittain
Transitions in Care - Linda McKie
Value in Care - Chris Speed
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.
Value in Care - Larissa Pschetz
Value in Care & Images of Care - John Vines
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.
Value in Care Research Fellow - Cara Wilson
Cara Wilson is a Research Fellow in Co-Designing Value for Care in the Advanced Care Research Centre, with a diverse background in Human-Computer Interaction, Psychology, Business, and Languages. She undertook her PhD at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia (2016 – 2020), which focussed on the co-design of digital and tangible technologies to support self-expression with minimally-verbal children on the autism spectrum. Her research focuses on participatory design to support the strengths, design ‘voice’, and human agency of individuals who are often overlooked in the process of design. Her research interests span digital health, accessibility, disability and diversity, mental health, and emerging technologies.
Transitions of Care Research Fellow - Fiona Wright
Fiona Wright is a Research Fellow for Transitions in Care. With a background in social anthropology, her research focuses on people’s trajectories through care in relation to their family lives, community and institutional contexts.
Previously, Fiona was a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, where she conducted research on the politics of voice within mental health care services in the UK, and in her doctoral research she worked with undocumented migrants and health care workers in Israel/Palestine.
Personal Projects Research Fellow - Caroline Pearce
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.
Personal Projects Research Fellow - Sara Tilley
Sara Tilley is a Research Fellow for Personal Projects. Sara’s research focuses on the links between mobility in the urban environment and health and wellbeing. She has expertise in using both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Sara has undertaken research on a wide range of environmental health and wellbeing projects. She has also collaborated with external stakeholders to lead projects including co-designing transport services with disabled people, as well as user research to improve understanding of mobility during the Edinburgh Festivals.
Administrator - Marta Dongresova
Marta Dongresova is the Project Administrator for the ACRC WP4. Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, Marta worked for King’s College London. She led the Academic Services Centre team and supported delivery of nursing and midwifery programmes at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care from 2017-2021. During this time, Marta also had a vital role in supporting practice learning, which included building and maintaining relationships with healthcare partners from the NHS and the private sector.