Meet our new Professor of Health Related Research, Judith Sixsmith
Judith Sixsmith has recently been appointed as the Professor of Health Related Research at our School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and we are delighted to welcome her. Professor Sixsmith is also a Visiting and Ajunct Professor of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University.
Her research interests lie in the areas of public health and social care where she explores the ways in which people living in deprived communities experience processes of marginalisation within our social systems.
Professor Sixsmith has directed several research projects on issues of healthy ageing, gerontechnology, dementia, end of life care, urban regeneration and social inclusion. She is also a member of the Millenium Science Programme working to develop the social science landscape in Chile.
She is heavily involved in Place-Making with Older Adults: Towards Age-Friendly Comumnities, which is a Research Project funded by ESRC-Newton Fund. It is a partnership project led by Heriot-Watt University and Federal University of Pelotas, in Pelotas, Brazil.
The ageing-in-place agenda states that the preferred environment for older adults to age is in the community. This is where they can stay more socially connected and independent. The research will provide a clearer image of how sense of place is experienced by elderly residents and how this can be shaped for an improved and positive future.
Professor Sixsmith said, 'We want to make a positive difference to the lives of elderly people who are living in communities that haven't necessarily been designed with them in mind.'