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ERA Committee

Chair of Emerging Researchers Into Ageing Group (ERA):

Dr Lizzie Evans

Dr Lizzie Evans is a Research Associate at the Centre for Innovative Ageing at Swansea University. She is a psychologist specialising in well-being in later life. Her main research interests are healthy ageing, dementia, age friendly environments, shopping and wellbeing in later life. She is currently working on two Centre for Ageing Better projects on the experience of transitions in later life using a mixture of both qualitative and quantitative methods. She was previously a visiting research fellow at Massey University, NZ, on a study to look at shopping and quality of life amongst older people. She has presented papers at the British Society of Gerontology and Gerontological Society of America conferences and, in 2017, organised an ESRC Festival of Social Science event on creating liveable neighbourhoods in later life.

Incoming Chair of Emerging Researchers Into Ageing Group (ERA):

Nadine Thomas

Nadine Thomas is a doctoral researcher for the ESRC Centre for Population Change at the University of Stirling. Her primary research interests are in older adults, unpaid care, and personalisation. She completed a MSc in Applied Social Research, in which she focused on the experiences of mealtimes and quality of life and of older people living at home. She has experience in research in government and the third-sector capacities, and currently works as a research assistant on an ESRC-funded investigation into Carers Time use and an Innovation Fellowship-funded project to enhance service-user involvement in social work teaching at Stirling University. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has taught on a number of undergraduate modules including Ageing, Society and Social Policy. Her PhD examines the preferences of unpaid carers of older adults towards support. 

Treasurer of Emerging Researchers Into Ageing Group (ERA):

Jennifer Ferguson

Jennifer Ferguson is doctoral researcher at the University of Stirling. She has completed a BA in Sociology & Criminology and MRes in Applied Social Research. Throughout her studies, she has explored how social networks might have an effect on different aspects of life. Her MRes examined how different types of social connections affected the cognitive function of older people in later life through the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. While her PhD is looking at the social support networks of older people living in care homes, and how their social support affects their wellbeing. Jennifer is also a member of the Dementia and Ageing Research Group (DARG) at the University of Stirling, and has presented her work at conferences such as the BSG Annual Conference and the DARG Annual Conference. She enjoys teaching and has previously taught on modules such as ‘Ageing, Society and Social Policy’ as well as more methodological modules such as ‘Research Processes’ and ‘Quantitative Data Analysis’.

Secretary of Emerging Researchers Into Ageing Group (ERA):

Isaiah Durosaiye

Dr Isaiah Durosaiye is a research associate in ageing and the built environment at the School of Architecture, University of Sheffield. He completed his PhD in architectural design, which explored the suitability of the design of healthcare facilities for an ageing nursing workforce. His research interests include workplace design for an ageing working population, suitable design of the built environment, health and wellbeing of older people, and dementia-friendly environments. He has worked on a number of projects, such as the EU-funded OIKONET project, which focused on contemporary housing solutions, through the synergistic collaboration across research, pedagogy and community participation. Isaiah undertakes teaching at undergraduate and  postgraduate levels relevant in his area of research, on modules such as intergenerational architecture and sustainable architecture and wellbeing at the Sheffield School of Architecture. His research has been widely disseminated in international peer review journals, and at conferences including the British Society of Gerontology and the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics.