Faculty of Medical Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Marie Poole

Research Associate



I am a qualitative researcher with special interest in the use of ethnographic research methods (observations and interviews).   Much of my research within the institute has been based on exploring the experiences of people with dementia, their carers and health and social care professionals, in relation to healthcare and service provision.  This includes research in primary care, respite care, hospital discharge and end of life care.

Through research, I have become interested in approaches to dementia and dementia care which recognise the rights, values, wishes and abilities of people with dementia.

As part of the SEED project, I have led the development and support of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) which has enabled carers from around the world to find out more about dementia progression and access to support https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/comfort-care


PhD (Home or care? Capacity or incapacity? An ethnographic study of decisions regarding capacity and best interests for people with dementia on discharge from hospital - Newcastle University (2018)

MSc Health Sciences - Newcastle University (2006) 

BA Arts and Social Sciences (Sociology) - University of Strathclyde (2000)


Ongoing support of the Massive Open Online Course - Dementia Care: Living Well as Dementia Progresseshttps://www.futurelearn.com/courses/comfort-care

COGNISANCE project - CO-desiGning demeNtia dIagnoSis ANd post-diagnostic CarE. Coordinator:

Henry Brodaty, University of New South Wales, Australia Partners: University of Sydney, Australia, McGill University, Canada; Maastricht University, The Netherlands; University College London, United Kingdom
Louise Robinson, Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, United Kingdom; Wroclaw Medical University, Poland

 Previous research projects:

  • SEED Programme - Supporting Excellence in End of Life Care in Dementia.  Project Leader(s): Professor Louise Robinson


Undergraduate Teaching

I currently do not have any teaching responsibilities


Postgraduate Teaching