University of Hertfordshire

Dr Angela Dickinson


Research interests

Angela Dickinson is a Senior Research Fellow working in the Centre for Research in Public Health And Community Care (CRIPACC) and undertakes research within two of the Programme areas; older people's health and complex conditions; and public health and communities.

Angela has worked on a number of major research grants, funded by the ESRC, Food Standards Agency and NIHR.  

in particular in relation to food and eating practices.  Recent work has focused on vulnerability and food security experienced by older people living in their own homes.  I currently supervise a number of doctoral students.

Research methods include a range of qualitative approaches, including interview, focus groups, observation, questionnaires, visual methods including photographs and video.

Methodological approaches include: Participatory approaches and action research, grounded theory, case study and service evaluation. I am particularly interested in creative methods of creating research impact and engaging with non-academic audiences.

Angela is involved in the Athena SWAN work for the School of Health and Social Work. The School has recently gained a Silver award for its work on gender representation.

Links to project website: - website and blog relating to the food in later life project, funded by the ESRC and Food Standards Agency under the Global Food Security programme.

Impact activities:

We have developed an educational game "Food in Later Life" that challenges people to think about food security in later life, along with a short film of the same name.

Game website:

Link to Film:


Link to our briefing for supermarkets:

Our Exhibition 25: Lives seen through food has been viewed by over 1000 people during exhibitions at the University in June 2016; Food Matters Live at London ExCel exhibition centre November 2016 and as part of th Festival of Social Science November 2017, where we ran a special event for supermarkets.

A short film of some of the impact work we undertook in 2016.


Teaching specialisms

Angela co-leads the Advanced Qualitative Methods guided learning area on the Doctoral Health Research programme and is supervisor to a number of PhD and DHRes Students.