I have an interdisciplinary background in Demography and Sociology applied to Social Policy issues (BScHons, UK; MSc, MPhil Sociology, PhD Demography, La Sorbonne, Paris).
Having worked previously in France, New Zealand and Mauritius, my international academic experience has spanned interdisciplinary, comparative research on population ageing and its implications for population policy and development, intergenerational relationships and more recently, issues around ageing in place and older people’s housing.
I have collaborated in European and international research projects (e.g. UN Fertility and Family Surveys project; French-British ESRC-EC International Comparisons of Family Policies in Europe project; New Zealand, The Foundation for Research, Science and Technology – Mid-life transactions project; ESRC-UK & CNAV-France Comparison of Housing Adaptations project), and since arriving at Swansea, have collaborated with Welsh Government and third sector partners in developing, collaborating and leading on various projects (housing preferences; housing adaptations; older people and technology; extra-care housing; "moving home" service developments; electrical safety at home; intergenerational relations and care environments).
I am joint coordinator for the European Network on Housing Research working group Housing & Living Conditions of Ageing Populations, and was member of the Welsh Government’s Expert Group on Housing an Ageing Population. I am also involved in the development of work for the Housing Learning & Information Network in Wales. I write and review for leading scientific journals in the fields of Social Gerontology and Sociology. My teaching expertise is in comparative social policy, the use of evidence for research, policy and practice, and ageing studies. My PhD supervision currently focuses on the broad area of "ageing in place" (e.g. older people's housing choices and preferences; intergenerational interventions and dementia in residential care settings; networking patterns of community-based service providers; the role of ICTs in facilitating independent living at home).