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Maria Cheshire-Allen

Swansea University

Maria Cheshire-Allen

Maria is a Senior Research Fellow. Her research interests include unpaid care, ageing, care inequalities, and social care markets, with a particular focus on the role of community and social enterprise organisations in the social care sector.  Her mixed methods Fellowship study aims to explore the contribution of social enterprise organisations in supporting unpaid carers.

She has established and Chairs the Care Research Interest Group in Wales (CRIG) and is a member of the Welsh Government’s Cross-Party Group on Ageing and Older People, the British Society of Gerontology and the European Social Policy Network on Ageing.


Countries Wales (UK);
Topics Care inequalities; Co-production in LTC; Community-based LTC; Dementia care and support; Ethics and care; Gender and care; Local care ecosystems; LTC Policy; LTC Reforms; LTC Systems; New models of care; Social Innovation in LTC; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Co-production methods; Comparative policy analysis; Document analysis; Literature reviews and synthesis; Mixed methods; Policy analysis; Qualitative studies; Research ethics; Theory and frameworks;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Community-based approaches to dementia care; Employment Education and Family carers; Long-Term Care Policy;
Research interests


  • Family (unpaid) care
  • Ageing
  • Care inequalities
  • Voluntary, community, social enterprise in social care
  • Family carer well-being
  • Ethics of care
  • Social care policy
  • Co-production and participatory research methods
  • Mixed methods social care research
  • Qualitative social research
Key publications

Cheshire-Allen, M., & Calder, G. (2022). ‘No one was clapping for us’: care, social justice and family carer wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic in Wales, International Journal of Care and Caring COVID-19 Special Issue6(1-2), 49-66.

Cheshire Allen, M. & Calder, G. (2021). ‘We have been left to go it alone: the well-being of family carers of older people during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic in Wales’. In Pomati, M., Jolly, A. and Rees, J. (Ed.), Social Policy Review (pp. 115-134). Policy Press

Cheshire-Allen, M., & Calder, G. (2022). The Risks of Care – Justice, Family Carers and the Pandemic.  Blog article – Transforming Society (Bristol University Press and Policy Press).

Masterson-Algar P, Cheshire-Allen, M, Hyde M, Keating N, Windle G. (2021).  Exploring the impact of Covid-19 on the care and quality of life of people with dementia and their carers: A scoping review. Dementia. 2022;21(2):648-676.

Cheshire-Allen, M and Calder, G.  (2021).  Valuing family carers?  A Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis of Wellbeing Policy Discourse in Wales, UK.  In Comas d’Argemir, Dolors & Bofill, Sílvia (eds.) El cuidado de mayores y dependientes: avanzando hacia la igualdad de género y la justicia social. Caring for the elderly and dependent: advancing towards gender equality and social justice. Barcelona: Icaria.

Keating, N., Cheshire-Allen, M. (2021). Introduction: Policy to Reduce Late-Life Social Exclusion – From Aspirations to Action. In: Walsh, K., Scharf, T., Van Regenmortel, S., Wanka, A. (eds) Social Exclusion in Later Life. International Perspectives on Aging, vol 28. Springer, Cham.

Hyde, M., Evans, L., Cheshire-Allen, M. (2018). Retirement Expectations: Structural Factors and Psychosocial Interventions.  Innovations in Ageing, Vol 2 (Issue suppl_1), 798.