Lizzie is a health psychologist and researcher for the Place strand of the Awen Institute, which focuses on design for age-friendly and dementia-supportive places. She specialises in wellbeing in later life and her main research interests are healthy ageing, dementia, age friendly environments, shopping and wellbeing in later life. This includes a particular interest in how shopping practices and the wider urban environment can impact on health promoting activities in later life.
Lizzie is a mixed methods researcher with experience in interviewing older adults, leading focus groups, designing and conducting surveys as well as analysing large, nationally-representative quantitative datasets. She has worked on a range of projects including the experience of transition to retirement in later life, the UK Ageing Index, the Older People’s External Residential Assessment Tool (OPERAT), Wellbeing of Wales for older people, care home manager attitudes to balancing risk for residents with dementia, and older trans adults’ experiences of ageing and health care services.
Lizzie’s contributions to gerontology have led to national and international collaborations including a visiting researcher position at Massey University in New Zealand to work on research to further social understanding about the connections between ageing, access to consumption spaces and wellbeing.
Prior to joining academia, as Assistant Vice President of Corporate Communications, Lizzie headed the Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of a large financial services institution headquartered in Seattle, USA. As Communications Manager she was responsible for both internal and external communications working closely with executive management as well as liaising with external media outlets.