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Chiara De Poli

Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science

Chiara De Poli

Chiara is a researcher at the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (CPEC) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is involved in research studies in dementia care, informal care, and social/long-term care.

Chiara has specific skills in qualitative research methods, collaborative approaches to research (e.g., co-creation, participatory action research), theory of change approaches, the design and evaluation of complex interventions, and the conduct of research with ‘vulnerable’ groups.

Chiara’s research interests are in research ethics in the context of collaborative research involving groups labelled or potentially perceived as vulnerable, intersectionality, health inequalities. She has contributed to theoretical developments to explain unmet care need and information work in the context of health and social care.

Chiara holds a BSc in Public Administration and International Institutions Management and an MSc in Economics and Management of Public Administration and International Institutions, both from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy).  Chiara is a PhD candidate in the department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her PhD explores co-creation in dementia care, building on a six-year action research project carried out  in an English local health and care economy.


Countries UK;
Topics Ageing in place; Attitudes and Expectations about Long-Term Care; Care inequalities; Care trajectories; Co-production in LTC; Local care ecosystems; Person-centered care; Unmet needs; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Creative research methods; Data science and LTC research; Literature reviews and synthesis; Mixed methods; Qualitative studies; Research ethics; Thematic analysis; Theory and frameworks;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Community-based approaches to dementia care; Strengthening Responses to Dementia;
Research interests

Qualitative research methods

Research ethics


Dementia care

Informal care

Evidence synthesis

Action research

Care trajectories


Unmet care needs

Theoretical framework

Key publications

De Poli, C., Wittenberg, R., Rehill, A., Stevens, M., & Brimblecombe, N. (2024). “I never planned for it”—Exploration of expectations about caring for older parents. Social Policy & Administration.

De Poli, C., & Oyebode, J. (2023). Research ethics and collaborative research in health and social care: Analysis of UK research ethics policies, scoping review of the literature, and focus group study. PLOS ONE, 18(12), e0296223.

De Poli, C., Oyebode, J., Airoldi, M., & Glover, R. (2020). A need-based, multi-level, cross-sectoral framework to explain variations in satisfaction of care needs among people living with dementia. BMC Health Services Research, 20(1), 657.

De Poli, C., Oyebode, J. R., Binns, C., Glover, R., & Airoldi, M. (2020). Effectiveness–implementation hybrid type 2 study evaluating an intervention to support ‘information work’ in dementia care: an implementation study protocol. BMJ Open, 10(12), e038397.