Wendy Martin RN

Wendy Martin RN

Senior Sister, Emergency Nurse Practitioner Clinic, St Mary’s Hospital Paddington, London, UK


I am a Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences and Social Care, Brunel University London. My background is in nursing and I completed my PhD in Sociology entitled Embodying active ageing: health, bodies and emotions in later life at the University of Warwick. I am currently co-investigator on three funded research projects and Principal Investigator on the research project ‘Photographing Everyday Life: Ageing, Lived Experiences, Time and Space’ (ESRC First Grants scheme). This project brings together my interests in visual research, embodiment, and everyday life. See  I am co-convenor of the British Sociological Association (BSA) Ageing, Body and Society study group with Professor Julia Twigg (University of Kent) that has an active and lively series of symposia and one day annual conferences that includes international speakers. I am an active member of the Brunel Institute for Ageing Studies (BIAS) and the Centre for Biomedicine and Society (CBAS) at Brunel University London.

I am programme leader for the MSc Health Promotion and Public Health and my teaching involves the social context of health promotion and public health, qualitative research methods and the sociology of health and illness.

I am currently writing a book for Policy Press entitled Ageing Bodies: Critical Perspectives and co-editing The Rutledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology with Professor Julia Twig (University of Kent).  I have co-edited a special issue of Dementia: The Journal of Social Research and Practice entitled 'Embodiment and Dementia' with Dr Pia Kontos (University of Toronto) and Dr Richard Ward (University of Stirling) that was published in May 2013.


Research Interest

Ageing bodies; daily lives; ageing and ethnicity; perspectives on health, ‘risk’ and ageing; growing older in transnational communities; perceptions and experiences of dementia; visual images and risk; emotions, gender and ageing; 'neurocultures' and ageing; perceptions of safety and security; and care and caring

My key methodological approach is qualitative, participatory and involves the development and use of visual research methods.




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