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Dr Lizzie Ward is a social scientist with a long-standing interest in understanding how social policy impacts on everyday life that predates her career within academia. Lizzie worked for many years in the voluntary and community sector and witnessed the impact of changes to welfare and housing services from the 1980s onwards. These experiences have shaped the direction of her academic career and ongoing commitment to producing research that is accessible beyond an academic audience. Lizzie is a qualitative researcher and her interests include age and ageing, care ethics, participatory research and experiential knowledge, gender and feminist methodologies. She has developed her work community participatory research establishing collaborative research with community partners with a shared interest in ageing and issues affecting older people.

 

Theoretically, Lizzie’s work approach is informed by feminist care ethics and its application to policy and practice contexts which seek to promote good care as a value in policy and service delivery, as well as to practice in older people’s participation and involvement. Lizzie has worked with Beatrice Gahagan, as a community partner, to develop a team of older co-researchers to develop relational research practice informed by care ethics.

 

 

 

Lizzie’s current work focuses on the experiences of older people who are funding their own social care. She is leading a collaborative project funded by the Wellcome Trust with colleagues in the Birmingham and Lincoln Universities. The project runs for three years and further develop relational research practice through co-production with older people and knowledge exchange with key stakeholders – local health and social care commissioners and providers and practitioners in three research sites: Brighton and Hove, Solihull and Lincolnshire.

 

 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Brighton

External positions

Member of Editorial Collective, Critical Social Policy

1 Jan 2014 → …

Keywords

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Ageing
  • Care Ethics
  • older people
  • social policy
  • participatory research
  • social care
  • co-production

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Projects

Research Output

Re-imagining old age: wellbeing, care and participation

Barnes, M., Gahagan, B. & Ward, L., 28 Mar 2018, Delaware: Vernon Press. 208 p. (Vernon Series in Sociology)

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

  • Open Access
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    ‘Paying our own way’: application of the capability approach to explore older people’s experiences of self-funding social care

    Tanner, D., Ward, L. & Ray, M., 17 Aug 2017, In : Critical Social Policy. 38, 2, p. 262-282 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • Caring for ourselves? Self-care and neoliberalism

    Ward, L., 1 Oct 2015, Ethics of Care: Critical Advances in International Perspective. Barnes, M., Brannelly, T., Ward, L. & Ward, N. (eds.). Bristol: Policy Press, p. 45-56 12 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

  • Ethics of Care: Critical Advances in International Perspective

    Barnes, M. (ed.), Brannelly, T. (ed.), Ward, L. (ed.) & Ward, N. (ed.), 1 Oct 2015, Bristol: Policy Press. 287 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook - edited