After graduating from the University of Bristol with a BSc in Social Policy and Master of Arts in Housing Studies in 1999, Beth spent many years working as a practitioner in the field of housing (specialising in homelessness) and community development in the voluntary sector, before moving into policy and strategic positions in these areas.
Following a short career break to raise her young family Beth began working as a Research Assistant at Swansea University in the Centre for Social Work and Social Care Research (CSWSCR) in 2008 and joined the Centre for Innovative Ageing in 2010. Since this time she has worked on a number of research projects in the area of ageing studies and gerontology including age discrimination, international recruitment in the social care sector, dementia studies (Cognitive Function and Ageing Study), participatory arts and housing studies.
Beth has a keen interest in issues of disadvantage and social exclusion as well as service user participation and community development and is passionate about linking research with practice. She is currently completing a PhD entitled, ‘Disadvantage and advantage among older people in rural communities: a multi-level and life-course perspective’.