Dr Lizzie Ward
Senior Research Fellow
Applied Social Science
Telephone: +44 (0)1273 643903
- Age and ageing
- Feminist methodologies
- Participative research
- Social justice
Lizzie worked for 12 years in the voluntary sector before coming to the University of Brighton in 1997 to study, undertaking first a BA Humanities and continuing as a postgraduate. After completing her PhD, Feminism, New Labour and Lone Motherhood, Lizzie joined SASS in September 2007. Lizzie has developed partnership projects with Age UK Brighton & Hove, working closely with Dr Beatrice Gahagan, senior manager at Age UK Brighton & Hove. The partnership has undertaken research on older people and alcohol use and is currently working on a project about older people and well-being. This is a participatory project and involves working with a team of older co-researchers who are Age UK Brighton & Hove volunteers. Together we have developed the research design and are carrying out the research over the next two years.
Lizzie co-ordinates the age and ageing research programme in the School of Applied Social Science. This has involved developing the profile of ageing research within the school and building links across the university through networking events and seminars as well as developing external links with health and social care practitioners who work in the area of ageing.
- Co-investigator on ESRC-funded KEOPEC Knowledge Exchange project working with Age UK Brighton & Hove, social care practitioners and older people to develop ethical practices on older people's involvement. This project builds on a four-year research collaboration with Age UK Brighton & Hove developing and undertaking participatory research projects involving older volunteers as co-researchers. (see project website)
- Module co-ordinator – undergraduate health and social care programme
- Community psychology (undergraduate and masters level) – participatory research with older people; community partnerships
- MSc Social Work and post-qualifying – older people and alcohol: rights, risks and choice; well-being; older people as co-researchers.
Journal articles and reports
BARNES, MARIAN, TAYLOR, DAVID and WARD, ELIZABETH (2013) Being well enough in old age Critical Social Policy . ISSN 0261-0183
Ward, Lizzie, Barnes, Marian and Gahagan, Beatrice (2012) Well-being in old age: findings from participatory research SSPARC, Brighton.
WARD, ELIZABETH, BARNES, MARIAN and Gahagan, B. (2011) Alcohol use in later life: older people's perspective Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 12 (4). pp. 239-247. ISSN 1471-7794
Gahagan, Beatrice and Ward, Lizzie (2011) Involving older people: empowering engagement? In: Barnes, Marian and Cotterell, P., eds. Critical perspectives on user involvement. The Policy Press. ISBN 9781847427519
WARD, ELIZABETH and Gahagan , B. (2010) Crossing the divide between theory and practice: research and an ethic of care Ethics and Social Welfare, 4 (2). pp. 210-216. ISSN 1749-6535
Ward, Lizzie and Banks, Laura (2009) Evaluation of health trainers in West Sussex University of Brighton, Brighton.
Ward, Lizzie, Barnes, Marian and Gahagan, Beatrice (2008) Cheers!? A project about older people and alcohol HSPRC, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK.
Ward, Lizzie, Barnes, Marian and Gahagan, Beatrice (2008) Cheers!? A project about older people and alcohol: research findings HSPRC, University of Brighton, Brighton.
Reports can be downloaded from the SSPARC publications page
Working with older people to co-produce understandings of well-being. British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, University of Plymouth, July 2011.
Being Well Enough in Old Age (with David Taylor and Marian Barnes). British Sociological Association Annual Conference: 60 Years of Sociology, LSE, April 2011.
The Arrow doesn't just travel in one direction: prevention, interdependence and well-being (with Beatrice Gahagan). Social Policy Association Annual Conference: Social Policy in Times of Change, University of Lincoln, July 2010.
Contesting Knowledge, Responsibility and Care: Recognising or Colonising Lay Expertise? (with Marian Barnes and Rose Smith) Medical Anthropology at the Intersections: Celebrating 50 Years of Interdisciplinarity, Yale University, September 2009.
Lived Experiences: Exploring 'Common Differences'. Feminist Transitions, 22nd Feminist and Women's Studies Conference May 2009.
The State and everyday life: New Labour's welfare reforms and lone motherhood. RGS-IBG International Annual Conference, London, September 2005.
Gender, work, care and the State. RGS-IBG International Annual Conference, London, September 2003.
Gender, Inequality and the State: re-thinking feminist theory under New Labour. Policy and Politics International Conference, City of Bristol College, July 2003.
Lone Mothers and Social Exclusion. Sources of Radicalism Conference, Manchester International Centre for Labour Studies, University of Manchester, May 2002.
Lone Mothers and the New Deal – inclusion into what? RGS-IBG Annual Conference, Queens University, Belfast, January 2002.