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Dr Sandra Varey

Senior Research Associate (Qualitative), Senior Research Associate

Furness Building

LA14YX

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 592432

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. 

Current Research

Virtuous Cycles of Well-Being Stage 2 (N8-funded)

Current Research

My work to date includes studies of the effectiveness of new technologies in educational contexts and life history research with adult learners.  More recently, I have been working in the Centre for Ageing Research (C4AR) on the N8-funded ‘Virtuous Cycles of Well-Being Stage 2’ project.  This is a partnership project led by Leeds University and including the University of Liverpool and an industrial partner, Smith-Nephew, with the overall aim of developing a wound care technology for older people to support independence and gain improvements to their well-being.  Along with ageing and well-being, my research interests include lifelong learning and, in particular, adult literacies.  I am an adult literacy specialist and, before studying and working at Lancaster University, I worked as an adult literacy tutor in Barrow-in-Furness.