Dr Melanie Lovatt

Melanie is the Principal Investigator on the project. She is a lecturer in sociology at the University of Stirling. Her main research interests converge around time, the life course, health and illness, and relationships. She is increasingly interested in fictional representations of ageing and time, and how fiction can be used as a research method. Her PhD (University of Sheffield, 2016) used material culture to explore everyday life in an older people’s residential home.

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Dr Valerie Wright

Valerie is the Research Fellow on the project. She has significant research and teaching experience with a background in gender, social and political history and urban studies. Prior to joining the University of Stirling she worked on Leverhulme funded projects on deindustrialisation in post-war Scotland and the history of housing in the West of Scotland.

Valerie’s current research on the project focuses on exploring older adult’s perceptions of future time and hopes and desires for the future. Other research interests, on which she has published, include:

  • The effects and legacy of the processes of deindustrialisation on communities and individuals in post-war Scotland
  • The changing structure of women’s employment in Britain in the post-war years
  • Women’s engagement in politics (broadly defined) and role in political change in twentieth century Britain
  • The long-term impact of the residualisation of council housing on the lack of affordable housing in the present day
  • Children’s use of urban space and the ways in which this was altered by urban planning in the post war years, especially with regards to play

She completed her PhD in the Department of Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow.

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Melanie Lovatt and Valerie Wright

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