Universities & Institutions
- University of Birmingham
Areas of Interest
- Ageing, social care
- Social enterprise
- Third sector
Kelly is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy based in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology. She is the Director of Global Engagement for the School of Social Policy.
Her main research interests include ageing, health/social care, migration and the third sector. Kelly’s research interests include ageing, social care, migration, social enterprise and the third sector.
Her research on international retirement migration focuses on the migration and return of vulnerable, older British people within the EU and more recently the impact of Brexit. Over the last few years, she has undertaken a number of studies in collaboration with Age UK, Age Concern España and the British Consulate to explore the lived experiences of older British people in Spain, including access to and experiences of care. She has developed the website www.supportinspain.info in collaboration with the British Consulate, Malaga.
Her research also explores social care in England, including social care innovation, micro enterprise and market shaping. She has also undertaken research into health and social care social enterprises, including public service mutuals and NHS spin outs. Her current project explores the contribution of social enterprises to the social care sector.
She draws on participatory approaches to research by including vulnerable groups as co-researchers to design, implement and disseminate research. Her research has been published as papers in journals such as Ageing and Society and Public Management Review, in book chapters and as a co-authored book.