Dr Lorna Warren
Senior Lecturer in Social Policy
Director of Postgraduate Affairs - Research
(BSc (Joint Hons), PhD)
Orcid ID: 0000-0002-6416-4747
Telephone: 0114 222 6468 (external), 26468 (internal)
Room: Elmfield, LG24
Lorna obtained her BSc (Joint Honours Sociology and Psychology) and PhD (Anthropology) from the University of Salford, where she also cut her teeth as a lecturer. She first moved to the Department of Sociological Studies in 1989 to work on an evaluation of the Neighbourhood Support Units initiative in Sheffield, building on her doctoral study of older people and home help. She re-joined the Department in 1994 to take up a Lectureship in Social Policy, having been employed as a Lecturer in Community Care in the Institute of Health Studies at Durham University for three years. Lorna is winner of a University of Sheffield Senate Award for Sustained Excellence in Learning and Teaching, a Trustee of the Princess Royal Trust Sheffield Carers Centre, and a member of the Advisory Group for the international Stories for the Soul initiative.
Lorna’s research career has centred on the topics of ageing and care, though at times it has extended to other aspects of community and health services and other service user groups. She has held grants under 4 major research programmes, local (DWP/ Sheffield City Council), UK (ESRC) and European (EC). Her early studies focussed on understanding and evaluating care provision. More recently, she has worked with colleagues in the arts exploring the broader representation of ageing, though retaining a concern with issues of inclusion and well-being. In her most recent research, Lorna has collaborated with colleagues from dentistry to look at the significance of the mouth in old age. Lorna draws from a mix of anthropological, social policy, sociological, social gerontological, and feminist perspectives and approaches, which she has also applied in her interdisciplinary studies. Key themes running through her work include social and cultural dimensions of ageing, intergenerational relations and informal or family care relationships, and the intersection of age with other critical differences including gender and sexuality. She has used a range of qualitative methods: structured and semi-structured interviews, life stories, focus groups, and creative visual arts-based approaches. Practice and policy-related concerns remain a central focus of her work and Lorna is committed to participatory ways of working that engage both participants and stakeholders, raising questions about how we come to know what we know about the lives of people who use services and the connection of this knowledge with social care policy and practice.
Significance of the Mouth in Old Age
Lorna was co-applicant on this 15-month project, which was funded by Glaxosmithkline (Feb 2016-July 2017, extended). The cross-institutional, interdisciplinary research team also included co-investigators Professors Barry Gibson (University of Sheffield), Peter Robinson (University of Bristol) and Angus Walls (University of Edinburgh), and Research Associate Jennifer Kettle (University of Sheffield). The study conducted narrative interviews with older people in Sheffield and Edinburgh to explore their experiences relating to the mouth and teeth across the life-course. It identified the concept of ‘mouth talk’ to capture how individuals re/frame experiences of mouth and teeth to present a coherent sense of self. Three articles developing the concept have been published in 2018. The following video documents the results of a 2-day event, Mouth Stories, in which findings from the project were shared with members of the public:
Look at Me! (Representing Self – Representing Ageing)
Lorna was principle investigator on this project (2009-20012, extended), which was funded under the cross-disciplinary New Dynamics of Ageing Programme. The cross-institutional research team also included co-investigators Professor Merryn Gott (University of Auckland) and Professor Susan Hogan (University of Derby), and Research Assistant Dr Naomi Richards (now at the University of Glasgow), amongst others.
For more project information click here.
All Funded Research Projects
For a summary of all of Lorna’s funded research, see the table and video below.
Post-doctoral Supervision/ Mentorship
Lorna has also been supervisor/mentor to 2 ESRC Postdoctoral Fellows, both now post-holders at Russell Group Universities.
Lorna teaches and supervises students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She takes an inquiry-based approach, encouraging students to think outside the box, to draw critically from their own experiences and to be original in their thinking and ideas. Lorna believes that one of the best ways for students to learn is by finding out things for themselves through research, testing existing theories and learning first-hand the vital contribution of empirical and grounded knowledge. The majority of her teaching is research-led, drawing on - and in turn developing - her research interests and experience. Lorna brings into the classroom the participatory approaches she uses in her research, encouraging students to work in groups, as well as on an individual basis, to investigate social and cultural issues and to present their findings in dynamic and creative ways.
Lorna currently convenes the following undergraduate modules:
Lorna is also involved in the supervision of students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels who are taking extended essays and/or dissertations.
Lorna has supervised 15 students to successful completion at PhD (x 14) and MPhil (x 1) levels. Their research has covered the broad (and sometimes interrelated) themes of:
Three students completed their PhDs with the help of ESRC funding.
Lorna is currently supervising 4 PhD students (including 1 ESRC-funded student) working on topics which include collective belonging and communities; retired Irish migrants in London; reciprocity and caring for older people with dementia in Thailand; and mass media constructions of ‘class’ in the context of the economic crisis.
Lorna welcomes applications for PhD study, full-time or part-time, in areas related to her interests and experience. She would be particularly interested in hearing from students who wish to undertake research using a participatory approach(es).
Gibson, B., Kettle, J. E., Warren, L., Walls, A. and Robinson, P.G. (2018) Oral care as a lifecourse project. Gerondontology, (Pre-print) https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/ger.12372?af=R
Kettle, J. E, Warren, L., Gibson, B., Walls, A., and Robinson, P. (2018) 'I didn't want to pass that onto my child, being afraid to go to the dentist': Making sense of oral health through narratives of connectedness over the life course. Sociology of Health and Illness. (Preprint) https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1467-9566.12845
Warren, L. (2018) Representing Self – Representing Ageing. In A. Walker (ed) The New Dynamics of Ageing Volume 2. Bristol: Policy Press, 219-242.
Warren, L. A., Kettle, J. E., Gibson, B., Walls, A., and Robinson, P. (2018). ‘I’ve got lots of gaps, but I want to hang on to the ones that I have’: The ageing body, oral health and stories of the mouth. Ageing & Society. (Preprint) http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X18001605
Warren, L. and Ellis J. (2016) Families and photography: An everyday lens on end of life. In: H. Thomas (ed.) Malady and Mortality: Illness, Disease and Death in Literary and Visual Culture. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 73-94.
Murray, M., Amigoni, D., Bernard, M., Crummet, A., Goulding, A., Munro, L., Newman, A., Rezanno, J., Rickett, M., Tew, P. and Warren, L. (2014) ‘Understanding and transforming ageing through the arts’ in A. Walker (ed) The New Science of Ageing, Bristol: Policy Press, chap3, 77-112.
Hogan, S. and Warren, L. (2013) ‘Women’s inequality: a global problem explored in participatory arts’, International Perspectives on Research-Guided Practice in Community-Based Arts in Health Special Issue, UNESCO Observatory, 3(3), 1-27. ISSN: 1835 – 2776. http://derby.openrepository.com/derby/handle/10545/582827
Warren, L. and Richards, N. (2012) ‘”I don’t see many images of myself coming back at myself’: representations of women and ageing’, in Ylänne, V. (ed) Representing Ageing: Images and Identities. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 149-168.
Hogan, S. and Warren, L. (2012) ‘Dealing with complexity in research processes and findings. How do older women negotiate and challenge images of ageing?’, Journal of Women and Ageing, 24(4), 329-350.
Richards, N., Warren, L. and Gott, M. (2012) ‘The challenge of creating 'alternative' images of ageing: Lessons from a project with older women’, Journal of Aging Studies, 26(1), 65-78.
Warren, L. and Boxall, K. (2009) ‘Users in and out of the academy: collusion in exclusion?’, Social Work Education, 28(3), 281-297.
Warren, L. and Clarke, A. (2009) ‘Woo hoo, what a ride: older people, life stories and active ageing’ in R. Edmondson and H-J. von Kondratowitz, (eds) Valuing Older People: A Humanist Approach to Ageing, Bristol: The Policy Press, 233-248.
Clarke, A. and Warren, L. (2007) ‘Hopes, Fears and Expectations about the Future. What do Older People’s Stories Tell Us about Active Ageing?’ Ageing and Society 27(4), 465-488.
Clarke, A. and Warren, L. (2006) 'Growing older - the good, the bad and the ugly: subjective views of ageing’, International Journal of Disability and Human Development 5(1), 61-67.
Monro. S. and Warren, L. (2004) ‘Transgendering citizenship’, in Sexualities 7(3), 345-362.
Warren, L. Cook, J., Clarke, N., Hadfield, P., Haywood-Reed, P., Millen, L., Parkinson, M., Robinson, J., and Winfield, W. (2003) ‘Working with older women in research: some methods-based issues’, Quality in Ageing 4(4), pp.24-31.
Cormie, J. and Warren, L. (2001) Working with Older People: Guidelines for Running Discussion Groups and Influencing Practice. Bristol: The Policy Press.
Warnes, T., Warren, L. and Nolan, M. (2000) Care Services for Later Life: Transformations and Critiques. London: Jessica Kingsley.
Barnes, M. and Warren L. (eds) (1999) Paths to Empowerment. Bristol: Policy Press.
Walker, A. and Warren, L. (1996) Changing Services for Older People: The Neighbourhood Support Units Innovation, Buckingham: Open University Press.
Warren, L. (1990) ‘Doing, Being, Writing: Research on Home Care for Older People,’ Feminist Praxis No. 31, University of Manchester: Manchester.
A full list of publications can be downloaded by clicking the link on the right of this page.