I am a sociologist and social policy researcher with a background in social care. My research focuses on the experiences of disabled and older people and the family and professionals who support them. I teach about experiences of health, illness and disability.
I am currently the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Sociology.
I have worked at Sheffield Hallam University since January 2016, and prior to this spent nearly 6 years as a research fellow at the Social Policy Research Unit, University of York. I have an interdisciplinary background and have meandered through sociology, environmental management, town and regional planning and social policy.
Much of my research has focused on the experiences of disabled and older people, and the family and professionals who support them. I am interested in how people navigate health and social care systems to (hopefully) get the support they need, and how people who work in those systems are supported too.
I am also interested in many other things. How people present themselves online, for example, and the potential of online environments to foster support networks when face to face networks aren't available. Community gardening . The different ways people identify as 'environmentalists'. The ways music is used in the care of people with dementia.
I am happy to collaborate in both teaching and research so please do get in touch for a chat.
Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics
Social Sciences and Humanities
- Experiences of Health, Illness and Disability;
- Health and Inequalities
- Graduate development;
- Qualitative Research methods;
- Dissertation Supervision.
- Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies
- Exploring the role of workplace personal assistants for physically disabled people (funded by NIHR School for Social Care Research);
- Sheffield City Region Young People's precarious/placeless labour (funded by the Social Policy Association);
- Writing with Dementia: the experiences of people living with dementia who write their own blogs;
- An evaluation of the dancing for Health programme for people with incurable diseases.
ETHERINGTON, David, JEFFERY, Robert, THOMAS, Peter, BROOKS, Jennifer, BEEL, David and JONES, Martin (2018). Forging an inclusive labour market - empowering workers and communities : an interim report on low pay and precarious work in Sheffield. Project Report. Sheffield, Sheffield Trades Union Council.
MITCHELL, Wendy, BERESFORD, Bryony, GLENDINNING, Caroline, BROOKS, Jennifer and MORAN, Nicola (2017). Taking on choice and control in personal care and support : the experiences of physically disabled young adults. Journal of Social Work, 17 (4), 413-433.
BROOKS, Jennifer, MITCHELL, Wendy and GLENDINNING, Caroline (2017). Personalisation, personal budgets and family carers: Whose assessment? Whose budget? Journal of Social Work, 17 (2), 147-166.
BROOKS, Jennifer, GRIDLEY, Kate and SAVITCH, Nada (2017). Removing the 'gag': involving people with dementia in research as advisers and participants. Social Research Practice, 3-14.
GRANT, Steph, ATHERTON, Alistair, BROOKS, Jennifer, COLBECK, Matthew, FORTESCUE, Deborah and VANDERHOVEN, Dave (2016). Experiences of Homelessness and Brain Injury. Project Report. Homelessness and Head Injury Research Group.
GRIDLEY, Kate, BROOKS, Jennifer, BIRKS, Yvonne, BAXTER, Kate and PARKER, Gillian (2016). Improving care for people with dementia: development and initial feasibility study for evaluation of life story work in dementia care. Health Services and Delivery Research, 4 (23).
GRIDLEY, Kate, BROOKS, Jennifer, BIRKS, Yvonne, BAXTER, Kate and PARKER, Gillian (2015). Improving care for people with dementia: development and initial feasibility study for evaluation of Life Story Work in Dementia care. Project Report. NIHR/Social Policy Research Unit.
MITCHELL, Wendy, BROOKS, Jennifer, BERESFORD, Bryony, MORAN, Nicola and GLENDINNING, Caroline (2015). Taking on and taking over : choice and control for physically disabled young adults. Project Report. NIHR School for Social Care Research.
GLENDINNING, Caroline, MITCHELL, Wendy and BROOKS, Jennifer (2014). Ambiguity in practice? Carers' roles in personalised social care in England. Health and Social Care in the Community, 23 (1), 23-32.
MITCHELL, Wendy, BROOKS, Jennifer and GLENDINNING, Caroline (2014). Personalisation : where do carers fit? In: NEEDHAM, Catherine and GLASBY, Jon, (eds.) Debates in Personalisation. Bristol, Policy Press, 65-74.
GRIDLEY, Kate, BROOKS, Jennifer and GLENDINNING, Caroline (2014). Good practice in social care: the views of people with severe and complex needs and those who support them. Health and Social Care in the Community, 22 (6), 588-597.
MITCHELL, Wendy, BROOKS, Jennifer and GLENDINNING, Caroline (2014). Carers' roles in personal budgets: tensions and dilemmas in front line practice. British Journal of Social Work, 45 (5), 1433-1450.
BROOKS, Jennifer (2014). Workplace personal assistants : what do we need to know? Revaluing Care Research Network.
GLENDINNING, Caroline, MITCHELL, Wendy, BERESFORD, Bryony, MORAN, Nicola and BROOKS, Jennifer (2014). Taking on and taking over: physically disabled young adults and their care and support arrangements. [Video]
GRIDLEY, Kate, BROOKS, Jennifer and GLENDINNING, Caroline (2013). Good practice in social care for disabled adults and older people with severe and complex needs: evidence from a scoping review. Health & Social Care In The Community, 22 (3), 234-248.
GRIDLEY, Kate, BROOKS, Jennifer and GLENDINNING, Caroline (2012). Good support for people with complex needs: What does it look like and where is the evidence? Project Report. NIHR School for Social Care Research.
BROOKS, Jennifer (2012). Practice example 5, George: 'It's like having a friend around'. In: DAVIES, Martin, (ed.) Social Work with Adults: Policy, law, theory, research and practice. London, Palgrave Macmillan, p. 82.
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