Dr Lorna Warren

Principal Investigator, Look at Me! Images of Women and Ageing

Lorna is a lecturer in Social Policy in the Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield. She is also a cross-faculty member of the Sheffield Institute for Studies in Ageing (SISA) and sits on the Management Committee of the Princess Royal Trust Sheffield Carers’ Centre. Throughout her career, her research has centered largely on social care for older people and their carers, drawing from anthropological, social policy, sociological and feminist perspectives. As well as older age, issues of gender, ethnicity and sexuality are a key focus as are policy-related concerns.

Lorna’s interests include social and cultural dimensions of ageing, intergenerational relations and informal or family care relationships, which she has explored predominantly through qualitative research, including life stories. Increasingly, however, she is engaged by 'user involvement' and the notion of user-controlled research, raising questions about how we come to know what we know about the lives of people who use services and the connection of this knowledge with social care policy and practice.

See: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/socstudies/staff/staff-profiles/warren.html

For details of Lorna’s previous ESRC-funded research project, Older Women’s Lives and Voices, see: http://www.growingolder.group.shef.ac.uk/LornaWarren.htm

Publications Include:

Warren, L. and Clarke, A. (2009) Woo Hoo, What a Ride: Older People, Life Stories and Active Ageing. In Edmondson, R. & Von Kondratowitz, H-J. (eds.) Valuing Older People: A Humanist Approach to Ageing. Bristol: The Policy Press. pp. 233-248.

Warren, L. and Cook, J. (2005) Working with Older Women in Research: Benefits and Challenges of Involvement. In Lowes, L. & Hulatt, I. (eds.) Involving Service Users in Health and Social Care Research. London: Routledge. pp. 171-189.

Warren, L. and Maltby, T. (2000) Averil Osborn and Participatory Research: Involving Older People in Change. In Warnes, T., Warren, L., & Nolan, M. (eds.) Care Services for Later Life: Transformations and Critiques. London: Jessica Kingsley. Pp. 291-310.

Boxall, K., Warren, L. and Chau, R. (2007) User Involvement. In Hodgson, S. M. and Irving, Z. (eds) Policy Reconsidered: Meanings, Politics and Practices. Bristol: Policy Press.