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Kate Howson
Kate Howson

Kate Howson MSc, BSc (Hons)

Joining us in 2018 through our Academy, Kate has worked on commissions to develop a community strategy for Mumbles Community Council, designed and analysed feasibility study research for the development of a third sector hub for Swansea Council for Voluntary Services, and supported our work for Swansea Council exploring attitudes towards carbon offsetting.

Kate is currently studying for a PhD within the Centre for Innovative Ageing at Swansea University. Her work is looking to explore the impact intergenerational activities have on those living, working and visiting care homes across South Wales. Her research has taken a holistic bio-ecological stance, exploring the experiences of older adults, younger people, care staff and the wider community that visit the care homes. Using three different forms on enquiry to elucidate best practice for sustainable provision of social care and policy.

Previous to this, Kate undertook her BSc in Psychology at the University of Liverpool, before going on to complete an MSc in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology at Swansea University. It was alongside her masters and prior to undertaking her PhD that Kate had the opportunity to work for the Centre for Innovative Ageing; a global leader in the field of ageing and gerontology, with world class research. Kate’s main areas of expertise are: gerontology; social psychology; social capital; decision-making; and health behavior change. Having conducted a large range of studies, from social to more lab-based research, as well as her ongoing PhD research, she has developed a broad knowledge and experience of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research.

Kate has previously conducted work for the Bevan Commission as a research associate, drawing on her in-depth knowledge and understanding of the social and practical elements of health care and statistics, aiming to provide advice and guidance on best health care practice, in order to better meet the needs of people in Wales. Alongside her work and studies, Kate has maintained a number of volunteer roles within the third sector, helping organisations such as Community Companions and Make-a-wish, which are close to her heart, as she endeavors to enhance the health and wellbeing of individuals in her local area.