Dr Amy Murray

Dr Amy Murray

Research Officer, Centre for Innovative Ageing

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792

Email address

Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker

Research Links

Available For Postgraduate Supervision

About

Amy is a Research Assistant within the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR)/Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA). This position followed the completion of her PhD in Gerontology & Ageing Studies, in September 2019. Her PhD explored the process of driving cessation in later life, amongst older adults and their informal support network members. Amy’s current role as a Research Assistant covers a number of CADR work packages, including; Environments of ageing, psychosocial aspects of ageing, and working in later life. She is also involved with the involvement and engagement strand of CADR.

Prior to embarking on her PhD, Amy completed her BSc in Social Policy & Criminology, and MSc in Gerontology & Ageing Studies, both at Swansea University. Alongside her studies, Amy previously worked for the Department for Work and Pensions, as a State Pension Advisor, changing to a Bereavement Officer in the latter part of her employment.

Additionally, she has undertaken voluntary work experience with the Royal Voluntary Service and the Stroke Association. Both positions were related to older adults, with the aim of ensuring each individual who came into contact with both organisations was able to live a successful later life, whilst considering their specific needs & circumstances. More recently, Amy has provided more informal voluntary roles, supporting two older people within her local community, who are living with dementia.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Qualitative data collection
  • Qualitative data analysis
  • Literature reviews
  • Public involvement and engagement
  • Lecturing and mentoring
  • Academic writing
  • Public speaking
  • Social policies for an ageing population

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Amy’s teaching interests have been largely influenced by previous employment and academic experience. Interests include ageing/social gerontology, social policy, social science, and research methods. Specific topics taught across a number of degree programmes have included; mobility & transport in later life, older workers and healthy working lives, loneliness, informal support, poverty & plenty, qualitative research methods, environments of ageing, and the history of social policy. 

Amy has undertaken the role of module lead, as well as guest lecturer, across her entire PhD study.

Alternative interests include the delivery of teaching to disadvantaged young people from the local area. This has been undertaken as part of the Reaching Wider programme at Swansea university. The aim of these sessions has been to provide insight into university life, whilst aiming to encourage young people to attend university.

Research

PhD Thesis: Older adults, informal support, and the process of driving cessation (2019)

MSc Dissertation: Exploring the experiences of older adults working beyond traditional retirement age in a governmental department  (2013)

Award Highlights

Outstanding contribution to public engagement award (2019)

Research as art runner up award (2018)

Collaborations

Campaign to End Loneliness: Quarterly research bulletin (2016)

Welsh Government: Wellbeing of Wales project (2018)

International Longevity Centre: Future of driving in an ageing society project (2019)

The National Centre for Population Health & Wellbeing Research (NCPHWR): Healthy working lives event (2019)