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Outstanding Paper Award in the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence, 2017


A Brunel Social Work research article on loneliness and older people has been awarded a prize in the Outstanding Paper category in the 2017 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.

Professor Christina Victor, Professor Mary Pat Sullivan and Dr Mike Thomas investigated how older people understood loneliness, whether loneliness was a problem in their lives, and how they coped with it. The findings of their research were published in the academic journal, Quality in Ageing and Later Life in 2016. The research sheds new light on the complexity of loneliness in later life, focusing particularly on how individual experience of loneliness changes and evolves over time. This research helps explain why it is often difficult to design successful programmes and activities to combat loneliness among older people. 

Now in its 24th year, the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence is one of the largest independent award schemes run by a publishing company, recognising and rewarding outstanding contributions to scholarly research.  Winning authors have been selected by Emerald’s journal and book series’ editorial boards, who look for research which demonstrates rigour and relevance as well as contributing something new to their field.

Read the full research article on loneliness and older people on the Emerald Insight website.