I am Associate Professor in Gerontology at the Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA) at Swansea University. I have a particular interest in improving public policy and practice around the built environment and transportation taking into account an ageing population, requiring sustainable and environmental contexts, including road user safety in later life, giving-up driving and creating age friendly neighbourhoods and communities. I have worked on 38 projects as PI or Co-I totalling over £15.2m research income. I am currently Principal Investigator on 5 projects, the Welsh Government funded £2.85m Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR) project to bring together research in ageing with policy and practice across Wales, a £400k transport and health research network to bring together those interested in health and transport research, a £200k network of care homes and research (ENRICH Cymru), a £500k ageing and social impacts of Active Building Project examining older people’s perceptions and behaviour living in smart, low carbon homes and neighbourhoods and a £200k project enabling wellbeing through walking in partnership with Living Streets. I have authored 41 peer reviewed journal articles, 19 book chapters and have 5 books on these topics. I am an Executive committee member of the British Society of Gerontology (BSG) and founder and co-lead the Special Interest Group at BSG on mobilities and transport in later life and using this to generate network and interest in this field from within and outside academia. I am also a member of the International Association of Applied Psychology and am a partner of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. My research has involved several invited International and national presentations at conferences and invited presentations to the House of Commons and House of Lords. I am keen to get my research out into the real world and work closely with UK, Welsh and local government, charities and third sector organisations and am keen on public engagement. I have presented at two British Science Festivals (2008 and 2016) and written many articles for the general public. I have appeared on BBC TV and international radio stations on a variety of mobility and built environment topics and appear regularly on BBC Three Counties radio discussing older people’s issues. I am Editor-in-Chief for Elsevier’s Journal of Transport & Health and on the editorial board for Ageing and Society and Research in Transportation Business & Management journals. I am a panel member for the United Kingdom's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). I have taught on Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy, Geography undergraduate courses as well as leading Masters modules on Gerontology and Transport Planning. I am external examiner for University of East London’s new Bsc in Environmental Psychology starting this year and have been involved as the external assessor taking it through their quality procedures. I completed my PhD at the Transportation Research Group back in 2004 at the University of Southampton exploring driver behaviour and attitudes to risk and spent some scary moments collecting in-vehicle data with young male “boy racer” drivers. I was delighted to be a runner-up in Swansea University's Research as Art competition 2013 and 2016.
I am an avid fan of Gosport Borough Football Club (and since moving to Wales, I follow the ups and downs of Port Talbot Town and Llanelli Town) and enjoy progressive rock music. I like living by the sea. I enjoy running, quite slowly, and have run four half marathons (PB 1h 51) and completed three 10km races (PB 49mins). I was delighted to be a runner-up in Swansea University's Research as Art competition 2013 and 2016.