Sheila is Professor of Social Gerontology. She is a professorial member of the Faculty Research Sub-Committee; the REF group and the PG research supervisor's group as well as a long-term member of the OU Human Participants and Materials Ethics Committee.
Sheila is a Course Team Member for K101: Understanding Health and Social Care as well as the new course in production: K319: Ageing, Adlthood and the Life Course where she is co-editing the course reader. She currently supervises two full-time and one part-time post graduate students.
External to the OU, Sheila acts as a link between the British Society of Gerontology (BSG) and the International Longievity Centre-UK which is linked to the House of Lords. She recently cam to the end of a 6 year term on the executive if the BSG. She continues as the Faculty representative on the Coalition for Better Care.
B.A. Hons Geography, 2/1, University of Swansea, 1974
PhD In Human Geography, University of Wales Award, 1977 Title: 'The Elderly in an Urban Environment'
Ageing and social gerontology particularly environmental gerontology. The Context of Care; The Impact of the Built Environment; People and Places; Community Development; Social Policy and Long Term Care for Adults; Regulation of Care Settings
Sheila is a Member of the Centre for Ageing and Biographical Studies (CABS). She was also a foudner member of the Centre for Environmental and Social Studies in Ageing (CESSA) at London Metropolitan University during the 1980s.
She has an on-going interest in the field of environment and ageing leading to gerontological research in community participation; quality of life in care settings; the context of care across the life-course, and the regulation of social care services for older people. Other interests include: age discrimination; everyday living in later life - cooking , meal-times, gardening.
She has a particular interest in participative research. She is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the British Society of Gerontology.
In 2003, she completed an ESRC funded study in the Growing Older programme entitled 'Environment and Identity in Later Life: a cross-setting study' with colleagues Caroline Holland (FHSC) and Leonie Kellaher (London Metropolitan University), and in 2006, an integenerational study of 'Social Interaction in Urban Public Places' with Andrew Clark, Caroline Holland and Jeanne Katz funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation within their Public Places programme.
RECENT PUBLICATIONS INCLUDE:
Peace,S., Holland,C & Kellaher,L (2005) Environment and Identity in Later Life, Maidenhead: Open University Press, 33% contribution
Peace, S (ed) (1998) Involving Older People in Research: Amateur or Professional? London: Centre for Policy on Ageing, pp86
Peace, S.M. and Holland, C. (eds) (2001) Inclusive Housing in an Ageing Society, Policy Press, Bristol.
Katz, J. and Peace S. (eds) End of Life in Care Homes: a palliative approach, Oxford:Oxford University Press.
Bond,J., Peace,S., Dittmar-Kohli,F & Westerhof,G (eds) (2007) Ageing in Society, 3rd Edition, London: Sage Publications.
Peace,S (2002) ‘The Role of Older People in Research’ in Jamieson,A &
Victor,C(eds) Researching Ageing and Later Life, London: Sage Publications, pp226-
244, 0 335 20820 7 (pbk) , 100% contribution.
Peace,S (2003) ‘The Development of Residential and Nursing Home Care in the UK’
in Katz,J & Peace,S (eds) End of Life in Care Homes: a palliative approach’,Oxford;
Oxford University Press, pp.15-42, 0 19 851071 3 (pb),100% contribution.
Kellaher,L., Peace,S & Holland,C (2004) ‘Environment, identity and old age: quality of life or a life of quality’ in Walker,A & Hagan Hennessy,C (eds) Growing Older: Quality of Life in Old Age, Maidenhead: Open University Press pp.60-80,
0335 21507 6 (pb) , 30% contribution.
Peace,S., Holland,C & Kellaher,L (2005)’Making space for Identity’ in Phillips,D.R. & Andrews,G (eds) Ageing and Place, London: Routledge pp.188-204, 0 415 32044 5 (hbk), 50% contribution.
Holland,C., Kellaher,L & Peace,S ( 2005) ‘Environment and Place: getting out and about’ in Walker,A & Hagan Hennessy,C (eds) Growing Older: Extending Quality of Life, Maidenhead: Open University Press, 25% contribution.
Peace,S ( 2006) ‘Living Environments’ in Phillipson,S., Downs,M & Vincent,J (Eds) ‘The Future of Old Age’, London: Sage Publications
Peace,S., Holland,C & Kellaher,L (2006) ‘The Influence of Neighbourhood and Community on Well being and Identity’ in Rowles,G & Chaudry,H (eds) Coming Home, New York: Springer, pp., 33% contribution.
Peace,S., Wahl,HW., Oswald,F., Mollenkoph,H (2007) ‘Environment and Ageing: Space, Time and Place’ in Bond,J., Peace,S., Dittmar-Kohli,F & Westerhof,G (eds) (2007) Ageing in Society, 3rd Edition, London: Sage Publications.
Chapman, SA & Peace,S ‘Rurality and Ageing Well: ‘A Long Time Here’ in Keating.N & Martin-Mathews, A (eds) (forthcoming 2008) A Good Place to grow Old? Critical Perspectives on Rural Ageing, Bristol: Policy Press.
Refereed Journal Articles
Peace,S & Holland,C (2001) ‘Homely Residential Care: A Contradiction in Terms’
Journal of Social Policy, 30,3, pp310-410, 60% contribution.
Clark,A., Holland,C ., Katz,J & Peace,S (2006) Social Interaction in urban Public Places, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation/ Bristol: Policy Press.
Bytheway,B., Ward, R., Holland,C & Peace,S (2007) RoAD Research on Age Discrimination, Help the Aged: London
Following participation in a cross research council funded sandpit on 'Nutrition in Later Life' (2008) supported through the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme (NDA), Sheila went on to gain an external grant within the last project call for NDA on a study entitled 'Transitions in Kitchen Living' - a collaborative study with members of the School of Design from Loughborough University. The study began in Sept. 2009 and runs until summer 2011.
last updated 31-Oct-2011