Dr Jenny Barke

PhD, Dip Psych, Ba (Hons)

  • 35 Berkeley Square Clifton Bristol

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Research interests

I am a psychologist whose research focuses broadly on social connectivity and loneliness. I am interested in the methods and ethics of co-producing research with communities outside of the university, particularly in how new knowledge is produced through collaborative research. I have expertise in a range of qualitative research methods. Much of my research has been creative and participatory and I have collaborated on projects with writers, actors, illustrators, artists and directors.


I work accross several research projects including:


Connecting through culture as we age: Digital innovation for health ageing (Senior Research Associate)

Established in 2021, this three year UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge funded project is exploring how and why we take part in arts and culture as we get older. We are interested in how participation in all forms of arts and culture, particularly those accessed digitally, can influence our wellbeing and feelings of social connection as we age. See: https://connectingthroughcultureasweage.info/


Loneliness and Social Connections of Older People: Lessons from lockdown (PI)

This Elizabeth Blackwell Institute/DARO scheme for COVID-19 research funded project is co-produced with a community research group based in South Bristol - ILOP (improving the lives of older people).

We are researching older people’s experiences of loneliness and social connection during the Covid pandemic with the aim of (a) informing the development of interventions for those who need support and (b) understanding more about the relationship between social connection and loneliness.


Peer Support Groups for Early Career Researchers (Co-I)

This project aims to establish and support an interdisciplinary network of peer-support groups, we will provide an introduction to peer-support and self-care strategies and gather data from these groups on what additional support structures are needed to improve mental health and wellbeing. The project is supported by an ESRC Impact Acceleration award, and we are working in partnership with Bristol Clear, the Mental Health Champions, and the School of Applied Mental Health.



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