Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Alison Wheatley

Research Associate



I am a social researcher with a background in medical sociology and a particular interest in health technologies. My current role at IHS is as a qualitative researcher on the project 'Developing an intervention for fall-related injuries in dementia' (DIFRID), and my previous work has mainly been in the area of sperm donation and assisted reproduction.



PhD Science and Technology Studies, The University of Edinburgh, 2016 

MA Social Research (with Distinction), The University of Warwick, 2011

BA (hons) Sociology with a Specialism in Research Methods, The University of Warwick, 2010


Previous Positions

Research Assistant, The University of Edinburgh

Project: 'Animal, Mechanical, and Me: the Search for Replaceable Hearts'


James Jackson PhD Studentship awarded by the Innogen Institute (formerly ESRC Innogen Centre), 2011

University-wide Finalist and College of Humanities and Social Science Winner and People's Choice, Edinburgh University Three Minute Thesis competition, 2014


 Current Project

Developing an Intervention for Fall-Related Injuries in Dementia (DIFRID)

The overall aim of this study is to assess through a series of work packages whether it is possible to design a complex intervention to improve the outcome of fall-related injuries in people with dementia living in their own homes.

My role is as a research assistant involved in organising and conducting the qualitative components of this study, including interviews with current service providers, and observation of both existing interventions and the intervention that will be developed as part of this trial.