Prof. Miriam Bernard

Title: Professor of Social Gerontology
Phone: (+44) 01782 734067
Email: m.bernard@keele.ac.uk
Location: Chancellor’s Building: CBC 0.006
Role: Gerontology lead
Contacting me: Email me or knock on my office door.
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I am a ‘Keelite’ through and through first arriving here as an undergraduate student and graduating in 1976 with a Combined Honours degree in English Literature and Geography (with Psychology and Geology subsidiary subjects). After a year away, I returned to undertake my PhD (in Social/Human Geography) and have lived and worked in the Potteries ever since.

I ended up in ‘ageing’ completely by accident having been appointed to a temporary nine-month contract to manage a small research team at the Beth Johnson Foundation (a voluntary organisation known for its innovative work with older people). I stayed for six years as the Foundation’s Research Officer where I undertook a variety of projects before returning to Keele in 1988 to help set up the first programmes in Gerontology (Certificate, Diploma and Masters) outside London. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in October 1995, Reader in September 1997 and, in May 1999, was awarded a personal Chair. In addition to research and teaching, I have variously been Head of the Department of Applied Social Studies, Head of the School of Social Relations and Founder Director of the Research Institute for Life Course Studies. I was President-Elect, President and Past-President of the British Society of Gerontology from 2008-2014.

I am now ‘flexibly retired’ and focus my time on my Leverhulme funded ‘Ageing of British Gerontology’ project; seeing through my two remaining PhD students; and writing. In my spare time, I co-direct the now annual Live Age Festival and support the Ages and Stages Theatre Company (both of which originate in our interdisciplinary RCUK funded ‘Ages and Stages’ research projects).

Building on a background of innovative participatory action-research with older people in the voluntary sector, my research career has been distinguished by a commitment to inter and multi-disciplinary perspectives and much of my written work combines social scientific research with insights drawn from literature and the arts. I have long-standing research interests in women’s lives as they age, in intergenerational relationships and in environmental gerontology. My 30 years’ experience of applied policy and practice-relevant research has included studies of the family life of older people conducted under the ESRC’s ‘Population and Household Change’ programme; of informal care for older adults under the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s ‘Work and Family Life’ programme (for which we won the 2002 Work-Life Balance Trust Award for non-fiction); and a decade of research on the development of new retirement villages (one of Keele’s REF 2014 Impact Case Studies).

Since 2009, I have had the privilege of leading the interdisciplinary ‘Ages and Stages’ projects (an ongoing collaboration with the New Vic Theatre), funded initially under the national cross-council ‘New Dynamics of Ageing’ Programme and, subsequently, with AHRC follow-on funding; and two AHRC ‘Cultural Value Project’ awards (see: www.keele.ac.uk/agesandstages/). These projects have led to the establishment of the Ages and Stages Theatre Company and the now annual Live Age Festival which began in 2014 (see: www.liveagefestival.co.uk/). I currently lead a two-year (2015-17) project entitled ‘The Ageing of British Gerontology: learning from the past to inform the future’, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. This is a fascinating socio-cultural exploration of the evolution of gerontology as seen through the eyes of those who have been active in building its knowledge base, and through an examination of the archives of the British Society of Gerontology (see: www.keele.ac.uk/abg/).

I also enjoy supervising higher degree by research students.  I currently supervise two PhD students and, since 1995, have seen 20 others through to successful completion (17 PhDs; 2 MPhils and 1 MA by research). I am the author/editor of 19 books and monographs, over 80 book chapters and journal articles, and many research reports. I currently serve on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships: programs, policy and research.

Selected Publications

  • Bernard M. 2018. FORTHCOMING: Ages and Stages: participatory research with older people. In Creativity and Resilience: arts interventions for older people.
  • Bernard M. 2017. FORTHCOMING: Ages and Stages: the place of theatre in representations and recollections of ageing. In The New Science of Ageing.
  • Bernard M. 2017. FORTHCOMING: 'Why don't the gerontologists just tell us what old age is?': reflections on interdisciplinary ageing research in the 'Ages and Stages' and 'Late Life Creativity' projects. In Knotty Issues in Multi/Inter-disciplinary Research in Ageing.
  • Bernard M and Rickett M. 2017. The Cultural Value of Older People's Experiences of Theater-making: A Review. Gerontologist, vol. 57(2), e1-e26. link> doi>
  • Reynolds J, Bernard M, Rezzano J, Rickett M. 2016. Ageing, Drama, and Creativity: Translating Research Into Practice. Gerontol Geriatr Educ, vol. 37(3), 307-328. link> doi>

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Books

  • Bernard M and Rezzano J. 2016. Ages and Stages: Bringing the Generations Together.
  • Ray M, Bernard M, Phillips J. 2008. Critical Issues in Social Work with Older people. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Scharf TS, Bartlam B, Bernard M, Hislop J, Dunning A, Sim J. 2006. Necessities of Life: older people’s experiences of poverty. London: Help the Aged.
  • Bernard M. 2004. "How Do You Know That Intergenerational Practice Works?" - A guide to getting started on evaluating intergenerational practice. The Beth Johnson Foundation, Stoke-on-Trent.
  • Sim J, Bartlam B, Bernard M, Biggs, S. 2004. New Lifestyles in Old Age: Health, Identity and Well-Being in Berryhill Retirement Village. Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Bernard M, Phillips J, Machin L, Harding Davies V. 2003. Women Ageing: Changing Identities, Challenging Myths (Korean translation). Kyungmoonsa Publishers, Korea.
  • BERNARD M, Chittenden M, Phillips J. 2002. Juggling Work and Care: The Experiences of Working Carers of Older Adults. The Policy Press and JRF.
  • Phillipson C, Bernard M, Phillips J, Ogg J. 2001. The Family and Community Life of Older People: Social Networks and Social Support in Three Urban Areas. Routledge, London.

Journal Articles

  • Bernard M and Rickett M. 2017. The Cultural Value of Older People's Experiences of Theater-making: A Review. Gerontologist, vol. 57(2), e1-e26. link> doi>
  • Reynolds J, Bernard M, Rezzano J, Rickett M. 2016. Ageing, Drama, and Creativity: Translating Research Into Practice. Gerontol Geriatr Educ, vol. 37(3), 307-328. link> doi>
  • Bernard M, Rickett M, Amigoni D, Munro L, Murray M, Rezzano J. 2015. Ages and Stages: the place of theatre in the lives of older people. AGEING & SOCIETY, vol. 35(6), 1119-1145. link> doi>
  • Richardson JC, Moore AJ, Bernard M, Jordan KL, Sim J. 2015. Living well with chronic pain in later life: the role and meaning of activity and involvement. Activities, Adaptation and Aging, vol. 39, 200-213. doi>
  • Bernard M. 2014. Discourses of Ageing in Fiction and Feminism: The Invisible Woman. AGEING & SOCIETY, vol. 34(1), 179-183. link> doi>
  • Liddle J, Scharf T, Bartlam B, Bernard M, Sim J. 2014. Exploring the age-friendliness of purpose-built retirement communities: evidence from England. Ageing and Society, vol. 34(9), 1610-1629. doi>
  • Moore AJ, Richardson JC, Sim J, Bernard M, Jordan KP. 2014. Older people's perceptions of remaining physically active and living with chronic pain. Qualitative Health Research, vol. 26(6), 761-772. link> doi>
  • Jordan KP, Sim J, Moore A, Bernard M, Richardson J. 2012. Distinctiveness of long-term pain that does not interfere with life: an observational cohort study. European Journal of Pain, vol. 16(8), 1185-1194. doi> link>
  • Sim J, Liddle J, Bernard M, Scharf T, Bartlam B. 2012. Home from home? A mixed-methods study of relocation within a purpose-built retirement community. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, vol. 26(4), 372-394. doi>
  • Sim J, Bartlam B, Bernard M. 2011. The CASP-19 as a measure of quality of life in old age: evaluation of its use in a retirement community. Qual Life Res, vol. 20(7), 997-1004. link> doi>
  • BARTLAM B, Liddle J, Scharf T, Sim J. 2011. Then and now: evolving community in the context of a retirement village. Ageing and Society. doi>
  • Bernard M and Melville J. 2011. Intergenerational Shared Sites: Policy and Practice Developments in the UK. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, vol. 9(3), 237-249. doi>
  • Bernard M. 2008. Critical Reflections and Personal Experiences: Key Components of Intergenerational Research, Policy, and Practice. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, vol. 6(4), 389-393. doi>
  • Bernard M. 2008. Aging, Society and the Life Course, 3rd edition. AGEING & SOCIETY, vol. 28, 439-440. link> doi>
  • Bernard M, Bartlam B, Biggs S, Sim J. 2007. Housing and Care for Older People:life in an English purpose-built retirement village. Ageing and Society, vol. 27(4), 555-579. doi>
  • Bernard M and Phillips J. 2007. Working Carers of Older Adults: what helps and what hinders in juggling work and care?'. Community, Work and Family, vol. 10(2), 139-160. doi>
  • BERNARD M. 2006. Research, Policy, Practice and Theory: Interrelated Dimensions of a Developing Field. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships , vol. 4(1), 5-21. doi>
  • Bernard M. 2004. Developing a New Lifestyle in Old Age: Health, Identity and Well-being in Berryhill Retirement Village. Community Care.
  • Bernard M, Phillipson C, Phillips J, Ogg J. 2001. Continuity and change in the family and community life of older people. JOURNAL OF APPLIED GERONTOLOGY, vol. 20(3), 259-278. link> doi>
  • Kingston P, Bernard M, Biggs S, Nettleton H. 2001. Assessing the health impact of age-specific housing. Health Soc Care Community, vol. 9(4), 228-234. link> doi>
  • BERNARD M. 2001. Women Ageing: Old Lives, New Challenges. Education and Ageing, vol. 16(3), 335-352.
  • Kingston P, Bernard M, Biggs S, Nettleton H. 2001. Assessing the health impact of age-specific housing. Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 9(4), 228-235.
  • Bernard M, Phillipson C, Phillips J, Ogg J. 2001. Continuity and change in the family and community life of older people. Journal of Applied Gerontology, vol. 20(3), 259-279. doi>
  • Biggs S, Bernard M, Kingston P, Nettleton H. 2001. Lifestyles of belief: Narrative and culture in a retirement community. Ageing and Society, vol. 20(4), 649-672. doi>
  • Phillips J, Bernard M, Phillipson C, Ogg J. 2000. Social support in later life: A study of three areas. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK, vol. 30(6), 837-853. link> doi>
  • Bernard M and Phillips J. 2000. The challenge of ageing in tomorrow's Britain. AGEING AND SOCIETY, vol. 20, 33-54. link> doi>
  • Phillipson C, Bernard M, Phillips J, Ogg J. 1999. Older people's experiences of community life: patterns of neighbouring in three urban areas. SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW, vol. 47(4), 715-743. link> doi>
  • Phillipson C, Bernard M, Phillips J, Ogg J. 1999. Inter- and intra-generational ties in the lives of older people. ZEITSCHRIFT FUR GERONTOLOGIE UND GERIATRIE, vol. 32(2), 99. link>
  • Kingston P, Biggs S, Nettleton H, Bernard M. 1999. Retiring into a new community. ZEITSCHRIFT FUR GERONTOLOGIE UND GERIATRIE, vol. 32(2), 88. link>
  • Phillipson C, Bernard M, Phillips J, Ogg J. 1998. The family and community life of older people: household composition and social networks in three urban areas. AGEING AND SOCIETY, vol. 18, 259-289. link>
  • Bernard M. 1998. Backs to the future? Reflections on women, ageing and nursing. J Adv Nurs, vol. 27(3), 633-640. link> doi>
  • Bernard M. 1995. Social forces and aging: An introduction to social gerontology - Atchley,RC. AGEING AND SOCIETY, vol. 15, 566-569. link> doi>
  • BERNARD M. 1990. GROWING OLD IN THE 20TH-CENTURY - JEFFERYS,M. SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW, vol. 38(3), 594-597. link>
  • Bernard M. 1989. Research in action: self health care and older people. Hygie, vol. 8(2), 11-16. link>

Chapters

  • Bernard M. 2018. FORTHCOMING: Ages and Stages: participatory research with older people. In Creativity and Resilience: arts interventions for older people.
  • Bernard M. 2017. FORTHCOMING: Ages and Stages: the place of theatre in representations and recollections of ageing. In The New Science of Ageing.
  • Bernard M. 2017. FORTHCOMING: 'Why don't the gerontologists just tell us what old age is?': reflections on interdisciplinary ageing research in the 'Ages and Stages' and 'Late Life Creativity' projects. In Knotty Issues in Multi/Inter-disciplinary Research in Ageing.
  • Bernard M. 2015. Theatre and Ageing. In Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology. Routledge.
  • Amigoni D, Murray M, Bernard M, Crummett A, Goulding A, Munro L, Newman A, Rezzano J, Rickett M, Tew P, Warren L. 2014. Understanding and transforming ageing through the arts. In The New Science of Ageing. Policy Press.
  • Bartlam B, Bernard M, Liddle J, Scharf T, Sim J. 2013. Creating home-like places in a purpose-built retirement village in the United Kingdom. In Environmental Gerontology: Making Meaningful Places in Old Age. Rowles GD and Bernard M (Eds.). New York: Springer. link>
  • Phillips J and Bernard M. 2008. Work and Care: blurring the boundaries of space, place, time and distance. In Aging and Caring at the Intersection of Work and Home Life: Blurring the Boundaries. Martin-Matthews A and Phillips J (Eds.). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Bernard M and Ellis SW. 2007. ¿Cómo sabes que la práctica intergeneracional funciona? Guía para iniciarse en la evaluación de la práctica intergeneracional (How Do You Know That Intergenerational Practice Works?. In La Evaluación de los Programas Intergeneracionales. Sánchez Martínez M (Ed.). Madrid: Imerso.
  • BERNARD M and Scharf T. 2007. Critical perspectives on ageing societies. In Critical Perspectives on Ageing Societies. Bernard M and Scharf T (Eds.). Policy Press. doi>
  • Phillipson C, Bernard M, Phillips J, Ogg J. 2007. The Family and Community Life of Older People, England. In Measuring Family Support in Europe. Bonvalet C and Ogg J (Eds.). London/Paris: Institute National d’Études Démographiques/ Southern University Press.
  • Bernard M. 2006. The Social Aspects of Longevity. In Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Ritzer G (Ed.). Blackwell.
  • Bernard M and Phillipson C. 2004. Retirement and leisure. In Handbook of Communication and Aging Research (2nd edn). Nussbaum JF and Coupland J (Eds.). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Mahwah, New Jersey.
  • Phillipson C, Bernard M, Phillips J, Ogg J. 2002. Social change, networks and family life. In Understanding Care, Welfare and Community. Bytheway W and William R (Eds.). Routledge, London.
  • Phillips J, Bernard M, Biggs S, Kingston P. 2001. Retirement communities in Britain: A "third way" for the third age?. In Inclusive Housing in An Ageing Society. Peace SE and Holland C (Eds.). The Policy Press, Bristol.
  • Phillipson C, Bernard M, Phillips J, Ogg J. 2001. The local networks of the elderly. In The Contemporary British Society Reader. Abercrombie N and Warde A (Eds.). Blackwell, Oxford.

Other

  • Scharf T, Liddle J, Bartlam B, Bernard M, Sim J. 2013. Assessing the Age-Friendliness of Purpose-Built Retirement Communities. IRISH JOURNAL OF MEDICAL SCIENCE (vol. 182, p. S211). link>
  • Bernard M, Rickett M, Amigoni D, Munro L, Murray M, Rezzano J. 2011. AGEING UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT: IDENTITY AND LATER LIFE WITHIN THE THEATRE. GERONTOLOGIST (vol. 51, p. 360). link>
  • Liddle J, Bartlam B, Bernard M, Scharf T, Sim J. 2011. EVERYDAY LIFE IN A UK PURPOSE-BUILT RETIREMENT COMMUNITY. GERONTOLOGIST (vol. 51, p. 3). link>
  • Richardson J, Moore A, Bernard M, Jordan K, Sim J. 2011. REDUCING INTERFERENCE FROM PAIN IN LATER LIFE: THE ROLE OF LIFESTYLE FACTORS. GERONTOLOGIST (vol. 51, pp. 2-3). link>
  • Bernard M. 2011. Crazy Age: Thoughts on Being Old. link> doi>
  • Sim J, Bartlam B, Bernard M, Liddle J, Scharf TS. 2010. Pourquoi les aȋnés emménagent-ils dans une communauté de retraite?. Les Cahiers de l'Année Gérontologique (vol. 2, pp. 293-294). Springer.
  • Scharf T, Sim J, Bartlam B, Bernard M, Liddle J. 2010. Relocation within an English retirement community: remaking place during a time of change. Gerontologist (vol. 50, p. 230).
  • Bernard M. 2009. Being old is different: person-centred care for old people.
  • BERNARD M. 2009. Sustainable Futures and the Development of New Retirement Villages.
  • Bernard M. 2008. Making Observations: The Potential of Observation Methods for Gerontology. doi>
  • Roberts D, Misca G, Head E, Bernard M. 2008. Experiences of children and young people caring for a parent with a mental health problem. link>
  • Roberts D, Bernard M, Scharf T, Crome P. 2007. Identification of deafblind dual sensory impairment in older people. link>
  • Bernard M, Bartlam B, Biggs S, Sim J. 2003. New Lifestyles in Old Age: Health, identity and well-being in Berryhill Retirement Village - Final report.
  • Bernard M, Bartlam B, Biggs S, Sim J. 2003. New Lifestyles in Old Age: Health, identity and well-being in Berryhill Retirement Village - Technical Report.
  • Biggs S, Bernard M, Bartlam B, Sim J. 2002. Active ageing: Myth or reality. Age Identity and Age Disparity within a Retirement Community: A New Measure.
  • Phillips J, Bernard M, Chittenden M. 2002. The experiences of working carers of older adults.
  • Phillipson C, Bernard M, Phillips J, Ogg J. 2001. Changing patterns of Support for Older People in Urban Communities.
  • Phillips J, Bernard M, Phillipson C, Ogg J. 2001. Continuity or Change? Older People in Three Urban Areas.
  • Phillips, J, Bernard M, Chittenden M. 2001. Evaluating the effectiveness of workplace based support for carers.
  • Bernard M, Biggs S, Kingston P, Bartlam B. 2001. Retirement communities: A third way for the third age?. Quality in Later Life: Rights, Rhetoric and Reality.
  • Bernard M and Philips J. 1999. Living in a 'new 'community. link>
  • Bernard M. 1994. Recreation in old age: an opportunity. J R Soc Health (vol. 114, pp. 323-327). link> doi>
  • Bernard M. Ages and Stages.

I am now flexibly retired and, in addition to PhD supervision, do occasional guest lectures and presentations at Keele and elsewhere.