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Dr Sarah Keyes

Research Associate

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Research Associate in the Department of Sociology  


Sarah Keyes is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Sociology. Having undertaken her Undergraduate degree and PhD at Northumbria University, she moved to the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh where she worked on a range of dementia-related research projects, including on the Healthbridge (National Dementia Strategy) Evaluation. She was the lead researcher in developing Core Principles for Involving People with Dementia in Research (SDWG Research Sub-group 2014).

Sarah is passionate about research that promotes meaningful participation and meaningful impact. Her academic background is in Disability Studies, and she continues to draw upon the social model of disability as a tool for understanding the complex experiences of people affected by dementia. Sarah also uses an Ethic of Care as a framework for understanding interdependence in interpersonal relationships. She moved to Durham University in September 2019 and currently works on the Alzheimer’s Society funded “Beyond the Margins” implementation project, which focusses on developing a Personal Development Programme with, by and for people affected by dementia. Her time is also spent on dementia research development.


Chapter in book

  • Brandon, T. & Keyes, S. (2012). Civil courage, civil societies and good samaritans: A response to disablist hate crime. In Taylor and Francis. 166-176.

Journal Article

  • Keyes, S.E., Clarke, C.L. & Gibb, C.E. (2019). Living with dementia, interdependence and citizenship: narratives of everyday decision-making. Disability and Society 34(2): 296-319.
  • Gresham, M., Taylor, L., Keyes, S., Wilkinson, H., McIntosh, D. & Cunningham, C. (2019). Developing evaluation of signage for people with dementia. Housing, Care and Support 22(3): 153-161.
  • Clarke, C.L., Wilcockson, J., Watson, J., Wilkinson, H., Keyes, S., Kinnaird, L. & Williamson, T. (2018). Relational care and co-operative endeavour – Reshaping dementia care through participatory secondary data analysis. Dementia
  • Clarke, C.L., Keyes, S.E., Wilkinson, H., Alexjuk, E.J., Wilcockson, J., Robinson, L., Reynolds, J., McClelland, S., Hodgson, P., Corner, L. & Cattan, M. (2018). 'I just want to get on with my life': A mixed-methods study of active management of quality of life in living with dementia. Ageing and Society 38(2): 378-402.
  • Keyes, S.E., Clarke, C.L., Wilkinson, H., Alexjuk, E.J., Wilcockson, J., Robinson, L., Reynolds, J., McClelland, S., Corner, L. & Cattan, M. (2016). “We’re all thrown in the same boat … ” A qualitative analysis of peer support in dementia care. Dementia 15(4): 560-577.
  • Jenkins, N., Keyes, S. & Strange, L. (2016). Creating Vignettes of Early Onset Dementia: An Exercise in Public Sociology. Sociology 50(1): 77-92.
  • Keyes, S.E., Webber, S.H. & Beveridge, K. (2015). Empowerment through care: Using dialogue between the social model of disability and an ethic of care to redraw boundaries of independence and partnership between disabled people and services. Alter 9(3): 236-248.
  • Clarke, C.L., Keyes, S.E., Wilkinson, H., Alexjuk, J., Wilcockson, J., Robinson, L., Corner, L. & Cattan, M. (2014). Organisational space for partnership and sustainability: Lessons from the implementation of the National Dementia Strategy for England. Health and Social Care in the Community 22(6): 634-645.
  • Flemington, B., Houston, A., Jackson, E., Latta, A., Malone, B., McAdam, N., McKenzie, D., McKillop, J., McLaughlin, P., Murray, R., Noone, A., O'Sullivan, J., Rankin, H., Turner, R., Taylor, L., Keyes, S. & Jenkins, N. (2014). Core principles for involving people with dementia in research: Innovative practice. Dementia 13(5): 680-685.
  • Keyes, S.E. & Brandon, T. (2012). Mutual Support: A model of participatory support by and for people with learning difficulties. British Journal of Learning Disabilities 40(3): 222-228.