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Caroline Swarbrick, PhD, MSc, MA, BSc (Hons)


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I am a deputy lead of the Dementia and Ageing Research team (led by Prof John Keady). I am a co-investigator on a £5million ESRC/NIHR-funded Neighbourhoods and Dementia Research study and lead work programme 1, which is the overarching theme of the eight-programme study. This involves working alongside groups of people who are living with a diagnosis of dementia and supporting their involvement as co-researchers and facilitating three member-led projects. I sit on numerous advisory groups internal and external to the University. I also currently lead on several projects, including the value, purpose and meaning of day care; developing a carers support resource; and exploring the experiences of caring for someone living with dementia in Salford.

I am the book reviews editor for Dementia: the international journal of social research and practice. 



Caroline attended Salford University 1994-1997 and obtained a BSc (Hons) in Sociology (2: 1). The following year, she was awarded an MA in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford. Caroline then gained employment at the University of Manchester in the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre on the Tracker project. She later moved to the ARC Epidemiology Research unit, where her role was to co-ordinate a study exploring peak bone mass in Caucasian, Pakistani and Indian women. On completion of this study, Caroline transferred to the department of Old Age Psychiatry (which was then based at Wythenshawe Hospital) and co-ordinated a supradistrict audit of cholinesterase inhibitors. At the same time, she undertook a part-time MSc Applied Psychology course at the University of Manchester. On successful completion of the MSc, Caroline was awarded a PhD studentship exploring pain in people with dementia. This was successfully completed (Aii) in 2009 and Caroline is currently employed as a Research Fellow in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work.

Research interests

  • I am a co-applicant on a £5million, five-year 'Neighbourhoods and Dementia' research programme, which is a dementia initiative funded by the ESRC and NIHR. As well as co-managing the research programme alongside Prof John Keady, I am responsible for leading the member involvement strategy, which includes training and supporting people living with dementia to be co-researchers across each of the work streams and packages for the duration of the research programme.
  • I am also a co-applicant on a three-year NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research grant exploring pain management in people living with dementia in acute care.
  • I have recently been awarded funding by Salford Clinical Commissioning Group to lead on three projects:1) Exploring the experiences of living with someone with dementia in Salford; 2) Exploring the value, meaning and purpose of day care; 3) Developing a Carer Support Resource.
  • My research interests include dementia; member involvement; life story / biography; and pain assessment.
  • I supervise four PhD students
  • I also supervise several U/G students

My collaborations

Prof John Keady

Prof Alys Young

Dr Neil Pendleton

Prof Lars-Christer Hyden (Linkopping University)

Dr Richard Ward (Stirling University)

Dr Siobhan Reilly (Lancaster University)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Editor (Book Reviews and Educational Resources) of Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice

Member of the Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team

Methodological knowledge

Involving people living with dementia as researchers

Public and Patient Involvement

Qualitative and creative research methods

Life story work / biography



BSc (Hons) Sociology, MA Peace Studies, MSc Applied Psychology, PhD Nursing

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Dementia@Manchester
  • Digital Futures
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


  • Dementia


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