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Economic, Social and Political SciencesPostgraduate study

Ms Joanna Walker MSc Sociology of Health and Illness, University of South Bank; BSc Human Science, University of Surrey.

Postgraduate research student– Doctoral Candidate

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Ms Joanna Walker is Postgraduate research student within Gerontology at the University of Southampton.

Joanna Walker is an educational gerontologist with a special interest in personal and spiritual development in later life.

Joanna has come to doctoral study from a social science background with work experience in health education, pre-retirement education and, latterly, faith education. She held a lectureship in Adult Education at Surrey University until 2005.

Research interests

I am interested in the ways spirituality in later life can be developed and supported through informal learning. This involves investigating the nature of spirituality and its development in the later life-course; analysing accounts of how older people recognise and develop their spirituality; and examining any connections older people make between ageing and spiritual development.

Provisional thesis title: The contribution of informal learning to spiritual development in later life. Supervisors Dr Elisabeth Schroeder-Butterfill, Professor Emeritus Peter Coleman.

Research Projects

Co-convenor of international seminar, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, 2012. Resulted in publication: Johnson, M.L. & Walker J.K. (Eds) 2016, Spiritual Dimensions of Ageing, Cambridge University Press.


Affiliate research group

Founding member of British Society of Gerontology SIG on Educational Gerontology

Associate Editor (Reviews) for International Journal of Education and Ageing, 2010-

Ms Joanna Walker
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