Dr Clare GardinerClare Gardiner

Senior Research Fellow

The School of Nursing & Midwifery
Office located at:
Barber House Annexe
3a Clarkehouse Road
Sheffield S10 2LA.

T: 0114 222 2038

E:  c.gardiner@sheffield.ac.uk


I joined the University of Sheffield in 2015 as a Vice-Chancellor's Fellow, undertaking a Fellowship project on the costs of palliative care in the last six months of life. I previously worked as a Senior Lecturer at The University of Auckland, New Zealand, before which I was a Lecturer and Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield.

I have been involved in palliative and end of life care research for over 8 years, and have published over 50 papers in peer review journals. I have been involved in a number of international research projects, totalling over £3 million of funding to date.


My research interests are in palliative and end of life care, and ageing and older people. I am particularly interested in research concerning economic aspects of palliative care, particularly the costs of family caregiving. I have further research interests in social isolation in the elderly, and interventions to reduce loneliness including befriending. I am currently working on a Fellowship project which explores the costs of palliative care in the last six months of life.

Financial support for family caregivers:
This research project explored what financial support is available for family caregivers of people who have a terminal illness or are approaching the end of life.  Please use the following link for further information:

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests are in research methods and palliative and end of life care. I currently supervise PhD students in the areas of palliative and end of life care.

Professional Activities

I sit on the Editorial Advisory Board for the journal Palliative Medicine. I have been a member of grant review panels for the University of Auckland. I review grants for a number of UK and international funding bodies. I am a reviewer for a number of academic journals in the areas of ageing and end-of-life care.

Current Projects

Gardiner C. The cost of dying: a mixed methods study to explore the costs of palliative care. University of Sheffield Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship. 2015-2019

Gott M, Gardiner C et al. Can volunteer visiting services reduce social isolation and loneliness amongst older people? Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE). National Science Challenge New Zealand. 2014-2015.

Goyder L, Ingleton C, Gardiner C et al - Integrate health technology assessment for evaluating complex interventions. INTEGRATE-HTA. European Commission. FP7-HEALTH-2012-INNOVATION-1. 2013-2015.

Journal articles