Photo of Sue YeandleProfessor Sue Yeandle

Professor Sue Yeandle joined the University of Sheffield in October 2015 after almost ten years at the University of Leeds, where she was a founding Director of CIRCLE. Previously she worked for 14 years at Sheffield Hallam University, where she was appointed to a professorship in 1997.

Throughout her career, Professor Yeandle's research, publications and teaching have focused on the relationship between work and care in contemporary societies, and on how people manage caring roles and responsibilities throughout the life course. Professor Yeandle brings to Sheffield a well-established portfolio of research and a range of research collaborations and partnerships in many areas of the world.

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Photo of Andrea WigfieldDr Andrea Wigfield

Dr Andrea Wigfield joined the University of Sheffield in October 2015 after working at the University of Leeds, where she was initially Deputy Director and then Director of CIRCLE, which (with founding Director, Professor Sue Yeandle), she brought to Sheffield. Prior to working at the University of Leeds, she was Director of an independent research company, the Policy Evaluation Group (2002-11).

Dr Wigfield has a track record of establishing strong networks in both academia and with external stakeholders in the public, private and voluntary sectors and have built a range of research partnerships. She has been directly awarded research funding of over £2 million as Principal Investigator; published over 50 books, chapters, articles, and reports; and worked on approximately 70 externally funded projects.

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Research Fellow

Photo of Sarah AldenDr Sarah Alden

Dr Sarah Alden transferred to the department from the University of Leeds in October 2015, and works alongside Sue Yeandle and Andrea Wigfield as part of CIRCLE.

Dr Alden obtained her PhD at the University of Sheffield in January 2015, under the supervision of Alan Walker. Prior to her PhD, Dr Alden was employed for the statutory and not for profit sector in a range of roles providing specialist housing and welfare advice.

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Research Associates

  • Kathryn Chard
  • Guiliana Costa
  • Ivana Dobrotic
  • Kathrin Komp
  • Khabo Leeming
  • Lina Masana
  • Hannah Morgan
  • Sonia O'Toole
  • Royce Turner
  • Silvana De Paula
  • Sue Westwood

PhD Student

Jenny Read

Jenny obtained a BA in European Studies and French from Manchester University in 2010. She worked for the NSPCC for two years before moving to Edinburgh to complete a Masters in Comparative Public Policy in 2014.

She is undertaking a PhD on 'The role of voluntary organisations in providing employment support for carers; a case study of the CReate project'. The purpose of this study is to contribute to the understanding of the role of voluntary organisations in delivering employment support services to carers. People of working age are the largest group in society providing unpaid care to sick, elderly or disabled people and government has increasingly emphasised the role of voluntary organisations in supporting carers. This study seeks to explore and explain the processes involved in enabling carers to combine work and care and the challenges that organisations face in providing a sustainable service.

It will take as its case study the CReate (Carers’ Resource Employment and Training/ Enterprise) project based in Shipley, Bradford and forms part of the work carried out by the charitable company The Carers’ Resource (Registered Charity No. 1049278).