Current CABS members
Nick completed his doctorate in 2017 which looked at personalisation and the issues around social capital, policy implementation and the barriers posed by austerity. A registered social worker since 1991 Nick has worked with adults and children and has an interest in management and governance. Future research interests are in the development of communication technologies on the social networks of vulnerable adults and the changes in social work as a result of the pandemic.
Sam Toolan is a part-time PhD student (due to complete in 2026) researching ways in which migration and settlement shape mental health concerning ethnic minority older women in the UK. Sam’s research adopts a constructivist stance and a lifecourse perspective and incorporates a Grounded Theory methodology. In addition, Sam works in Higher Education on external engagement.
Catherine is an AL with the OU and has taught and worked in social work, youth work and business, including creativity and innovation. Her research interests include carers, menopause, LGBT* and intersectional diversity, creative expressive arts and mental health.
Emma recently completed her PhD at the University of Hull before joining the Open University as a Staff Tutor in 2020. She is a registered social worker, who has worked in the statutory and voluntary sector in child and adult services, most recently working in a strategic safeguarding position within an NHS Clinical Commissioning Group. Her research interests include safeguarding, the Mental Capacity Act, dignity and human rights in health care.
Research interests: Critical perspectives on disability; relational agency and disability; gender and equality; health and social care and human rights; mental capacity law and decision-making in dementia; health and social care policy; health inequalities; long-term conditions, care and quality of life; creative methods; research ethics. Find out more about Geraldine and her research
Joyce Cavaye joined the Faculty of Health and Social Care at The Open University in 2003. This role follows a long first career in community nursing and then lecturer in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of Glasgow. Find out more about Joyce and her research
Manik’s research expertise lies at the interface between relationships of place and wellbeing. Her programme of work is designed to explore and develop nuanced understandings of the complexities of ageing. Find out more about Manik and her research
Following a clinical background in adult nursing, I moved into higher education in the late 1980s, supporting students on both pre-and post-qualifying nursing programmes at a range of different academic levels. Over the last fifteen years this has been predominantly in the field of distance learning. Find out more about Jan and her research
I completed my first degree and PhD at the University of Aberdeen before becoming a Research Fellow at the University of Dundee in 1990. My PhD research concerned Looked After children in residential child care, principally related to Fraserburgh Childrens Home. Find out more about Sandy and his research
Verina is a Senior Lecturer in Professional HealthCare Education and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has over 25 years experience in education and research and is the OU lead for the EU funded project DISCOVER. Find out more about Verina and her research
Philippa's research interests and expertise lie at the intersection between Demography and Sociology. Her academic work centres on exploring population health in under-researched contexts and groups, with a particular focus on women and children. Find out more about Philippa and her research
Dr Bill Bytheway
Dr Jonathan Hughes