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My research brings together feminist theories of care and materiality with participatory research practice to explore themes around ageing, care, wellbeing, creativity and digital cultures. My research is grounded in participatory approaches that value the experiences and knowledge of the people and organisations with whom I research, and their ability to use this knowledge to create social change.
I hold interdisciplinary research interests in two key areas. First, I explore the role of place-based community infrastructure, arts and culture, and digital participation in addressing health inequalities, and supporting the wellbeing and civic participation of minoritised older adults. My research responds to Healthy Ageing policy agendas, recognising how they risk excluding minoritized older adults by entrenching a particular imaginary of the (white, able, middle-class) ageing body, promoting individual responsibility, and masking structural inequalities.
Second, my research explores the changing role of the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) against a backdrop of welfare retrenchment and the restructuring of adult health and social care. I work in partnership with VCS organisations situated in areas with socio-economic deprivation, to explore how they negotiate their role in brokering access to and/or delivering community health and wellbeing services, from food aid to social prescribing. My research involves the innovation of participatory methods, and opens dialogue between voluntary and public sector bodies, business, and policymakers, to build a collective capacity for action and social change.
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1/01/21 → 31/05/21
Once upon a Hill: An action research inquiry into community engagements with Robinswood Hill Country Park
1/12/20 → 31/07/21
Emerging Drivers of Vulnerability to Health Inequity in the Context of COVID-19: Perspectives and response from the Voluntary and Community Sector in WalesWillatt, A. M., Jones, D. P., Kyle, R. G. & Davies, A. R., Jul 2021, Cardiff: Public Health Wales. 48 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Authored book
Beacham, J. & Willatt, A., 12 Aug 2020, Life After COVID-19: The Other Side of Crisis. Parker, M. (ed.). Bristol: University of Bristol Press, p. 73-82
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter in a bookOpen AccessFile9 Downloads (Pure)
Phillips, M. E. & Willatt, A. M., 13 Dec 2019, In: Gender, Work and Organization. 27, 2, p. 198-217 20 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile7 Citations (Scopus)72 Downloads (Pure)