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Dr Andrew Harding

Senior Research Associate

Andrew Harding

Faculty Of Health And Medicine



Research overview

Andrew has experience of mostly qualitative, mixed method and realist research approaches. Andrew's main research interests are in and often cut across social gerontology, dementia, specialist housing, welfare reform and wider health and social care policy. He has a particularly long-standing interest on the impact of welfare, social and public policy reform on older people, with a particular interest in marketisation policies, choice and decision-making across health, social care and housing.


Dr Andrew Harding is an applied social scientist and Senior Research Associate at Lancaster University. He is currently working on the EU JPND mySupport study, which assesses the impact of an intervention that supports care home staff and family carers to make best interest decisions about relatives with advanced dementia. In his 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's research experience has mostly involved qualitative and mixed methods approaches with older people. His work has been published and cited across social/health policy, medical journals and policy reports/working papers. He has also presented at national and international conferences. Andrew is an active reviewer for journals and funding agencies. He is an active peer reviewer for The Journal of Public Health; Dementia; Housing, Care and Support; Evaluation; Journal of Social Policy; PLOS One and has reviewed funding proposals for the NIHR RfPB and Dunhill Medical Trust.


Prior to his role at Lancaster University, Andrew worked at the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences at Bournemouth University, where he completed his PhD – a realist evaluation of a housing options service relating to specialist housing for older people.

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