PhD Research Student

Maria Cheshire-Allen

My PhD title is Sustainable Support for Older Carers of People Living with Dementia in Wales

My background

I completed my BSc in Philosophy and Sociology at Swansea University and subsequently worked for several national third sector organisations in Wales including Oxfam Cymru, Action for Hearing Loss Cymru, the Welsh Refugee Council, and NSPCC.  I worked as the Equality and Inclusion Manager at Age Cymru for five years leading the policy and campaigning work relating to older people’s and equality and human rights issues.  During this time I completed a Master’s degree in Equality and Diversity at Cardiff University.  I moved to the Welsh Local Government Association in 2007 to work as a Policy Officer for New Communities, advising local and national government on issues relating to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.  In 2010, I moved to the Centre for Innovative Ageing at Swansea University and have held various research roles, most recently as a Research Development Officer for the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research.

My research

I began my PhD in January 2018.  The PhD addresses the so-called ‘unsustainable’ demand on social care services in Wales focusing on people age 50 and over who are caring for a person with dementia in the community. The PhD asks critical questions of the ‘rights and responsibilities’ approach to demand management of social care in Wales, and in doing so questions the ‘prudent’ principles to social care in Wales.  By adopting a citizen-centred approach the PhD provides opportunities for older carers in Wales to have a voice in shaping recommendations for future social policy and services. 


Prof Vanessa Burholt, Prof Norah Keating