Research Associate: Dementia, Gardens and Everyday Creativity
The post will involve working on a pilot study and pump priming project: ‘My home, my garden story: exploring how people living with dementia access and use their garden in everyday life’, funded by the University of York Research Priming fund 2019-2020. You will work with Dr Christina Buse, Lecturer in Sociology and a wider team at the Universities of York and Manchester (Prof. Sarah Nettleton, Prof. John Keady, Dr Andy Balmer). The project is examining the role of gardens in the everyday lives of people with dementia who are living at home, and the potential of garden spaces for facilitating ‘everyday creativity’. Everyday creativity involves small practices of improvisation and innovation, adapting existing practices and spaces to meet with the challenges of living with dementia. Through pilot research, the project explores the potential of different creative qualitative methods for researching this topic, working collaboratively with people living with dementia, family carers, third sector organisations, an artist and landscape architects.
There is potential to contribute to the development of a grant application for a larger project, and for co-authorship of any publications from the pilot research.
You will conduct qualitative research with people living with dementia who are living at home and other household members, examining the potential of different creative qualitative methods for researching this topic, for instance: quasi-ethnographic methods (e.g. garden tours, go-alongs, in-situ interviews); diaries (photographic/audio/film/written); visual methods (e.g. visual mapping, filming, sketches). As part of the role you will:
Skills, Experience & Qualification needed
Interview date: 4th December 2019
For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Christina Buse on firstname.lastname@example.org
This post is available on a fixed term basis from 6 January 2020 to 31 July 2020.
This post is available at 11 hours a week (0.30 FTE).
The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.
A place where we can ALL be ourselves #EqualityatYork
York is one of the most successful universities in the UK.
With world-class activity across the spectrum from the physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences to the humanities, we have been recognised as one of the top 100 universities in the world, gaining outstanding results in official assessments of our research and teaching.