Dr Sandra Varey

Senior Research Associate (Qualitative)

Research Overview

My research interests are interdisciplinary and include lifelong learning, literacies and ageing. My current research within the Centre for Ageing Research (C4AR) forms part of a collaboration led by Leeds University and including the University of Liverpool and an industrial partner, Smith-Nephew. The overall aim of this study is to develop a wound care technology for older people to support independence and gain improvements to their well-being. My previous research has focused on adult education within the context of the English Skills for Life policy, encompassing biographical research with learners and analysis of paperwork practices within the classroom. I am particularly interested in research ethics and in qualitative and participatory research methodologies which address participant voice.

What are the fears and support needs of those living alone in the last year of life and who responds?
Hughes, S., Preston, N.J., Varey, S.E., Payne, S.A., van der Eerden, M., Schwabe, S., Busa, C., van Beek, K., Van Ende, S., Csikos, A., Groot, M. 30/09/2016
Conference paper

Person-centred palliative care in five European countries: the experiences of patients and family carers
van der Eerden, M., Hughes, S., Varey, S.E., Ewert, B., Schwabe, S., Busa, C., Kiss, Z., van Beek, K., van Ende, S., Csikos, A., Hasselaar, J., Groot, M. 24/05/2016
Conference paper

Benefits of integrated palliative care assessed by European Research consortium
Varey, S.E., Payne, S.A. 26/04/2016
Other contribution

Balancing acts of work in the third sector: older volunteers’ experience in woodland conservation
Bingley, A., Collins, A., Varey, S., Oaks, R. 2014
Conference paper

Voices in a Knowledge Conversation: an exploration of two narrative representations of Adult Literacy Learners
Varey, S. 2013 Lancaster University. 409 p.
Doctoral Thesis

Form-filling, power and the ILP: tensions and tutor strategies in one adult literacy classroom
Varey, S., Tusting, K. 09/2012 In: More powerful literacies. Leicester : NIACE p. 105-116. 12 p. ISBN: 9781862015845.
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