Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
Cross Cutting Theme Lead: Engagement with Welsh Government funded research infrastructure
I have an interdisciplinary background in Demography and Sociology applied to Social Policy issues.
Having worked previously in France, New Zealand and Mauritius, my international academic experience has spanned interdisciplinary, comparative research on population ageing and its implications for population policy and development, intergenerational relationships and more recently, issues around ageing in place and older people’s housing. My work has involved collaboration on European and international research projects such as the United Nations Fertility and Family Surveys, the French-British ESRC-EC project on International Comparisons of Family Policies in Europe, and in New Zealand, The Foundation for Research, Science and Technology funded projects on fertility and family formation, where I developed and led a research stream on population change, intergenerational relations and solidarity. At Swansea, I have been engaged in Welsh Government funded research on housing adaptations, older people and technology, extra-care housing, "moving home" service developments, and electrical safety at home, and work in partnership with third sector organisations involved in the delivery of housing and care services to older people. My lecturing interests are comparative social policy, the use of evidence for research, policy and practice, and ageing studies. My PhD supervision currently focuses on the broad area of "ageing in place", including understanding older people's experiences, perceptions and choices about their living environments, intergenerational interventions for those with dementia in residential settings, networking patterns of service providers in the area of housing and social care in the community, and the role of ICTs in facilitating independent living at home in later life.
I am joint coordinator for the European Network on Housing Research working group Housing & Living Conditions of Ageing Populations, and was member of the Welsh Government’s Expert Group on Housing an Ageing Population. I am also involved in the development of work for the Housing Learning & Information Network in Wales. I write and review for leading scientific journals in the fields of Social Gerontology and Sociology.