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Dr Wendy Martin
Senior Lecturer

Mary Seacole 301


Wendy’s research focuses on the social and cultural aspects of ageing.  This includes the digital and ageing, the body and embodiment, care and caring, memory and ageing, materiality and rhythms and everyday life. Her research is qualitative and includes the use of visual, material and digital methods in ageing research. Wendy is co-convenor of the interdisciplinary Ageing Studies research group and founding member of the Living Avatars research group within the university.  

Wendy's research has been supported by a range of funders including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), The Leverhulme Trust, The Dunhill Medical Trust and National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR).  A key dimension of her research is disseminating to a wide and diverse array of audiences and the public engagement of her research can be viewed through photographic exhibitions  that have emerged from her research.  

Wendy is the Department Director for Post-Graduate Research (PGR). She is an experienced supervisor for doctoral researchers and has acted as an internal and external examiner and Chair for PhDs Vivas. 

Wendy is an elected Executive Member of the British Society of Gerontology and Founding and Board member of the interdisciplinary International Network of Socio-Gerontechnology. She is Co-Editor of the Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology and is a member of the Editorial Board for the Ageing and Society journal and Electoral College Member and Regional Liaison for Europe for Journal of Global Ageing. She has previously served on the Editorial Boards of the Sociological Research Online  and Sociology journals.  

The focus of her teaching is on the MSc Public Health and Health Promotion and has involved leading both the programme and key modules, such as, health and society, research methods and the dissertation.  Wendy has extensive experience in curriculum development and is a Recognised Programme Developer within the university.

Other key roles that Wendy has undertaken within the university include Programme Leader, MSc Public Health and Health Promotion, Recognised Programme Developer that resulted in internal and external validation of new programmes across the university, Chair of Board of Studies, Chair of Exam Boards and Panels, Department Ethics Officer and as Vice Chancellor Representative for Misconduct and Appeals.


PhD (2008) Department of Sociology, University of Warwick. ESRC funded. Thesis ‘Embodying ‘active’ ageing: health, bodies and emotions in later life’.

MA (with distinction) in Sociological Research in Health Care. University of Warwick (1999). ESRC funded.

BSc (First Class Honours) Sociology and Anthropology. Oxford Brookes University (1997)

Registered General Nurse. St. Mary’s Hospital, London (1986)

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. University of Reading (2011)

Newest selected publications

Whitfield, E., Parnell Johnson, S., Higgs, P., Martin, W., Morgan-Trimmer, S., Burton, A., et al. (2023) 'Nature as a ‘Lifeline’: The Power of Photography when Exploring the Experiences of Older Adults living with memory loss'. Gerontologist, 0 (accepted, in press). ISSN: 0016-9013 Open Access Link

Journal article

Martin, W., Collett, G., Bell, C. and Amy, P. (2023) 'Ageing, the Digital and Everyday Life during and since the Covid-19 pandemic'. Frontiers in Psychology, 0 (accepted, in press). pp. 1 - 21.Open Access Link

Journal article

Ellison, KL., Martin, W., Pedersen, I. and Marshall, BL. (2022) 'Visualizing the Datasphere: Representations of Old Bodies and their Data in Promotional Images of Smart Sensor Technologies for Aging at Home'. Frontiers in Sociology, 7. pp. 1 - 12.Open Access Link

Journal article

Collett, G., Martin, W., Young, WR. and Anderson, RM. (2022) '“Is that a coincidence?”: Exploring health perceptions and the causal attributions of physical health conditions in British nuclear test veterans'. SSM - Qualitative Research in Health, 2. pp. 1 - 26. ISSN: 2667-3215 Open Access Link

Journal article

Collett, G., Young, WR., Martin, W. and Anderson, R. (2021) 'Exposure Worry: The Psychological Impact of Perceived Ionizing Radiation Exposure in British Nuclear Test Veterans'. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (22). pp. 1 - 18. ISSN: 1661-7827 Open Access Link

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