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Jennifer Brooks

Dr Jenni Brooks

Senior Lecturer in Sociology


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.

  • About

    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.

    Senior Lecturer


  • Teaching

    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.

  • Research

    • 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.

  • Publications

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