Amy joined us in 2018 as a Research Officer. She is currently in the process of completing her doctorate degree within the Centre for Innovative Ageing, Swansea University. Her doctoral research focuses upon major life transitions, with a specific focus upon giving up driving and informal support networks. This research has covered a range of factors and issues, including the influence of the social and built environment, through to loneliness and social isolation. Amy’s previous educational background has included the completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Social Policy, followed by a Master’s degree in Social Policy and Ageing. Amy’s area of expertise lies within social research, through experience of conducting 2 large scale projects from beginning to end.
Amy is keen to share her academic work with wider audiences, and she has taken part in a number of engagement events, including large scale conferences, and public engagement seminars and workshops, ensuring her findings reach a variety of audiences.
Other academic duties have including lecturing across a number of Social Science disciplines at Swansea University, over the course of Amy’s doctorate degree. Specific taught modules have included; Social Research Methods, Social Policy, and Health & Epidemiology. Amy has also worked on research projects aside from her own MSc & PhD. The most recent report conducted was for the Older People’s Commissioner in Wales, focusing upon the wellbeing of our ageing population. Reports have also been written for other organisations outside the university, including the Campaign to End Loneliness. Other research experience has involved collecting data on the built environment within the Swansea area, through applying the OPERAT tool which was created by researchers at Swansea University. Most recently, Amy is involved with working on a research bid with another colleague at Swansea University, gaining an insight into the funding and costing process.
Amy’s wider work experience has spanned across the public and third sector. Amy previously worked as an Administrative Officer for the Department for work and Pensions for 7 years, which involved an in depth level of knowledge and understanding of the UK pension system. Amy has also undertaken a number of voluntary positions with organisations in the third sector, focusing upon improving the lives and wellbeing of people living within the South Wales area. This included roles with the Stroke Association, as a Communication Mentor, and the Royal Voluntary Service, as a Customer Support Officer.