Dr Cassandra Phoenix
Qualitative researcher who uses narrative approaches, visual methods, and ethnographic techniques to understand what it means to 'age well' in a variety of contexts across the life course.
ReaderBSc, PGCert, PhD
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3042
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I am interested in supervising new PhD projects in areas which fall under the research interests listed above. Please contact me direct to discuss further.
My research interests focus on ageing, health and wellbeing. Recent projects have examined the role of physical activity in shaping expectations and experiences of ageing; the impact of late onset sight loss in older adults on being physically active; how the notion of ‘ageing well’ intersects with the wellbeing of people living with Ménière’s disease; and the use of outdoor environments (e.g. ‘green’ and ‘blue’ space) to manage and promote wellbeing. My research is underpinned by an ongoing commitment to the use and development of qualitative methods to address complex health issues.
I have been supported in my research by a range of funding bodies including the Economic and Social Research Council (First Grants Scheme - now Future Leaders), the National Institute of Health Research, the Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, the European Social Fund and the Thomas Pocklington Trust. My work is published widely in journals such as Social Science and Medicine, Journals of Gerontology Series B, Ageing & Society, Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, Qualitative Research in Sport Exercise and Health, Sport Education & Society, Qualitative Research, Health and Place.
I am a member of the ESRC Peer Review College and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am a former Associate Editor of Journal of Aging and Physical Activity and currently serve on a number of editorial boards. These include Journal of Aging Studies, Qualitative Research in Sport Exercise and Health, and Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport.
Prior to joining the Department for Health at the University of Bath in January 2016, I worked at the University of Exeter Medical School, where I continue to be an Honorary Associate Professor.
- Ageing, Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
- Ageing with Sensory Impairment / Vestibular Disorders
- Nature(s), Wellbeing and the Body
- ESRC Seminar Series (2014 – 2017). More of the same is not enough: New directions in research on ageing and physical activity
- Physical activity in older adults: A systematic review. (funded by NIHR)
- Living with Ménière’s disease: Understanding patient experiences of mental health and wellbeing. (funded by the Meniérè’s Society)
Tulle, E. and Phoenix, C., eds., 2015. Physical Activity and Sport in Later Life:Critical Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan. (Global Culture and Sport)
Phoenix, C. and Smith, B., 2011. The World of Physical Culture in Sport and Exercise: Visual Methods for Qualitative Research. Routledge.
Phoenix, C. and Tulle, E., 2017. Physical Activity and Ageing. In: Piggin, J., Mansfield, L. and Weed, M., eds. The Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity Policy and Practice. London, U. K.: Routledge. (Routledge International Handbooks)
Phoenix, C. and Orr, N., 2017. Engaging crystallization to understand life and narrative:the case of active ageing. In: Schiff, B., Patron, S., McKim, E., Schiff, B., McKim, A. E. and Patron, S., eds. Life and Narrative. Oxford, U. K.: Oxford University Press.
Phoenix, C., 2017. The Ageing Body. In: Silk, M., Andrews, D. L. and Thorpe, H., eds. The Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies. London, U. K.: Routledge. (Routledge International Handbooks)
Phoenix, C., Bell, S. L. and Tyrrell, J., 2017. Forthcoming. Living with Ménière’s disease:understanding patient experiences of mental health and wellbeing in everyday life. In: Bahmed Jnr, F., ed. Ménière’s Disease. InTech Open Access Publishers.
Caddick, N., Smith, B. and Phoenix, C., 2016. The effects of surfing and the natural environment on the well-being of combat veterans:a reflective account of a narrative analysis study. In: Lyons, E. and Coyle, A., eds. Analysing Qualitative Data in Psychology (2nd ed.).2nd ed. London, U. K.: Sage Publications, 353 - 365.
Phoenix, C. and Orr, N., 2015. The Multidimensionality of Pleasure in Later Life Physical Activity. In: Physical Activity and Sport in Later Life: Critical Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan.
Griffin, M. and Phoenix, C., 2015. Women's Lived Experiences of Health and Ageing in Physical Activity. In: Purdy, L., Molnar, G., Molnar, G. and Purdy, L., eds. Ethnographers in Sport and Exercise Research. Routledge.
Phoenix, C. and Orr, N., 2017. Forthcoming. Analysing exceptions within qualitative data:promoting analytical diversity to advance knowledge of ageing and physical activity. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
Bell, S. L., Wheeler, B. W. and Phoenix, C., 2017. Using geonarratives to explore the diverse temporalities of therapeutic landscapes:perspectives from “green” and “blue” settings. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 107 (1), pp. 93-108.
Bell, S. L., Tyrrell, J. and Phoenix, C., 2016. A day in the life of a Ménière’s patient:Understanding the lived experiences and mental health impacts of Ménière’s disease. Sociology of Health and Illness
Bell, S. L., Tyrrell, J. and Phoenix, C., 2016. Ménière's disease and biographical disruption: Where family transitions collide. Social Science and Medicine, 166, pp. 177-185.
Bell, S. L., Wheeler, B. W. and Phoenix, C., 2016. Forthcoming. Using geo-narratives to explore the diverse temporalities of therapeutic landscapes:perspectives from ‘green’ and ‘blue’ settings. Annals of the Association of American Geographers
Caddick, N., Smith, B. and Phoenix, C., 2015. The effects of surfing and the natural environment on the well-being of combat veterans. Qualitative Health Research, 25 (1), pp. 76-86.
Bell, S. L., Phoenix, C., Lovell, R. and Wheeler, B. W., 2014. Green space, health and wellbeing:making space for individual agency. Health & Place, 30, pp. 287-92.
Phoenix, C. and Orr, N., 2014. Pleasure: A forgotten dimension of physical activity in older age. Social Science and Medicine, 115, pp. 94-102.
Griffin, M. and Phoenix, C., 2014. Learning to run from narrative foreclosure:one woman's story of aging and physical activity. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 22 (3), pp. 393-404.
Phoenix, C., Osborne, N. J., Redshaw, C., Moran, R., Stahl-timmins, W., Depledge, M. H., Fleming, L. E. and Wheeler, B. W., 2013. Paradigmatic approaches to studying environment and human health: (Forgotten) implications for interdisciplinary research. Environmental Science and Policy, 25, pp. 218-228.
Phoenix, C. and Griffin, M., 2013. Narratives at work: what can stories of older athletes do? Ageing and Society, 33 (02), pp. 243-266.
Smith, B., Sparkes, A. C. and Phoenix, C., 2012. Qualitative research in physical therapy: a critical discussion on mixed-method research. Physical Therapy Reviews, 17 (6), pp. 374-381.
Phoenix, C. and Smith, B., 2011. Telling a (good?) counterstory of aging:natural bodybuilding meets the narrative of decline. Journal of Gerontology: Series B, 66 (5), pp. 628-39.
Phoenix, C., Smith, B. and Sparkes, A. C., 2010. Narrative analysis in aging studies: A typology for consideration. Journal of Aging Studies, 24 (1), pp. 1-11.
Phoenix, C., 2010. Auto-photography in aging studies: Exploring issues of identity construction in mature bodybuilders. Journal of Aging Studies, 24 (3), pp. 167-180.
Phoenix, C., 2010. Seeing the world of physical culture: the potential of visual methods for qualitative research in sport and exercise. Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, 2 (2), pp. 93-108.
Phoenix, C. and Howe, A., 2010. Working the When, Where, and Who of Social Context: The Case of a Traumatic Injury Narrative. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 7 (2), pp. 140-155.
Phoenix, C. and Grant, B., 2009. Expanding the agenda for research on the physically active aging body. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 17 (3), pp. 362-79.
Phoenix, C. and Sparkes, A. C., 2009. Being Fred: big stories, small stories and the accomplishment of a positive ageing identity. Qualitative Research, 9 (2), pp. 219-236.
Smith, B., Collinson, J. A., Phoenix, C., Brown, D. and Sparkes, A., 2009. Dialogue, monologue, and boundary crossing within research encounters:a performative narrative analysis. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 7 (3), pp. 342-358.
Randall, W. L. and Phoenix, C., 2009. The problem with truth in qualitative interviews:reflections from a narrative perspective. Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, 1 (2), pp. 125-140.
Phoenix, C. and Sparkes, A. C., 2008. Athletic bodies and aging in context:the narrative construction of experienced and anticipated selves in time. Journal of Aging Studies, 22 (3), pp. 211-221.
Phoenix, C., Smith, B. and Sparkes, A. C., 2007. Experiences and expectations of biographical time among young athletes:a life course perspective. Time and Society, 16 (2-3), pp. 231-252.
Phoenix, C. and Sparkes, A. C., 2007. Sporting bodies, ageing, narrative mapping and young team athletes:an analysis of possible selves. Sport, Education and Society, 12 (1), pp. 1-17.
Phoenix, C. and Sparkes, A. C., 2006. Young athletic bodies and narrative maps of aging. Journal of Aging Studies, 20 (2), pp. 107-121.
Phoenix, C. and Sparkes, A. C., 2006. Keeping it in the family: narrative maps of ageing and young athletes' perceptions of their futures. Ageing and Society, 26 (04), p. 631.
Phoenix, C., Faulkner, G. and Sparkes, A. C., 2005. Athletic identity and self-ageing: the dilemma of exclusivity. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 6 (3), pp. 335-347.
Conference or Workshop Items
Sharpe, R., Smith, J., Orr, N., Phoenix, C., Bethel, A., Goodwin, V., Lang, I. and Garside, R., 2016. Physical Activity Interventions in Older Adults:A Systematic Review of Reviews. In: International Congress of Behavioural Medicine, 2016-12-07.
Orr, N., Sharpe, R., Phoenix, C., Smith, J., Bethel, A., Goodwin, V. and Garside, R., 2016. Older adults’ engagement in physical activity:a mixed methods systematic review. In: Ageing & Society, 2016-10-03, Linking University.
Phoenix, C. and Orr, N., 2016. What (other) factors impact upon later life physical activity?:'Exceptional' stories seeking consideration. In: British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, 2016-07-06, University of Stirling.
Sharpe, R., Smith, J., Orr, N., Phoenix, C., Bethel, A., Goodwin, V., Lang, I. and Garside, R., 2016. The effectiveness of physical activity interventions in older adults. In: International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, 2016-09-01.