Dr Andrew Harding

Lecturer in Health Inequalities


Dr Andrew Harding is a Lecturer in Health Research at Lancaster University. In the context of mixed economies of welfare, his primary research interest is on outcomes and how older people and people living with dementia navigate health, social care and housing economies. Within this area, Andrew has a specific interest in the role of information seeking and giving practices relating to ageing and formal welfare provision relating. He has published extensively on these issues, including both theoretical and empirical contributions to the literature.

Andrew was most recently working on:

- mySupport study, which assesses the impact of an informational intervention that supports care home staff and family carers to make best interest decisions about relatives with advanced dementia [Funder: JPND/Alzheimer's Society].

- Necessary Conversations [co-investigator], which seeks to develop an informational online advance care planning approach in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic [Funder: ESRC].

- Palliative Sedation, which explores the role of palliative sedation in practice across Europe [Funder: EU Horizon2020].

In a previous role, Andrew was part of a multi-disciplinary team that developed a core outcome set for non-pharmacological and community based health and social care programmes for people with dementia living at home. This work was part of the ESRC/NIHR Neighbourhoods and Dementia programme (2014-2019), funded as a part of the Prime Minister’s 2012 Challenge on Dementia.

Andrew is currently the lead convenor of the Ageing module on the doctoral blended learning programme, and section lead for the Foundation Qualitative componet of the Data Analysis module.

Andrew's research experience has mostly involved qualitative and mixed methods approaches with older people. He has presented at national and international conferences, is an active reviewer for many journals and funding agencies and sits on the editorial board of BMC Geriatrics.