Advanced Care Research Centre

The Team: Understanding the Person In Context

Meet the Team: Workpackage Four

Workpackage Lead - 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 - 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

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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​ - 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

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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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Transitions in Care​ - Linda McKie

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Linda McKie is Dean/Head of School for Social and Political Science. 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.

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Value in Care - 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 - 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 - 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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Value in Care Research Fellow - Cara Wilson

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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.

Images of Care Research Fellow - Katie Gambier-Ross

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Katie Gambier-Ross is the research assistant on the Images of Care project. Katie has an interdisciplinary background in neuroscience, psychology, and qualitative methods in health and social science. She has particular interest in understanding lived experience through the use of creative, inclusive, and critical methodologies. 

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Personal Projects ​Research Fellow - 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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