PhD Researcher in Social Policy (ESRC +3)
School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol
Start date: October 2017
Research topic: “Using discourse analysis to explore personalisation in long-term care”
My project is about how older/disabled people communicate with care professionals, in the context of how personalisation is delivered in long-term care. Using an innovative methodological approach, discourse analysis, which has been pioneered at the Norah Fry Centre for Disability Studies, I aim to study the language used in interactions between professionals and clients. I am particularly interested in how the latter group express their needs and preferences regarding the way they are supported.
I hope the findings will both further academic understanding in this area of social science and have a positive impact on the lives of older/disabled people and their families through practical application in the care sector.
Research supervisors: Professor Liz Lloyd, Professor Val Williams