WAM is a diverse research group, made up of members from all over the world. WAM in enriched by having a membership comprised of established academics, early career researchers and postgraduate students. Our members contribute to the Centre for Women, Ageing and Media through conference attendance, referencing the work of WAM in publications, and working collaboratively with other groups to ensure a wide range of engagement in the themes present in ‘thinking with age’.

Ros Jennings


Ros Jennings is Professor of Ageing, Culture and Media and Director of the Centre for Women, Ageing and Media (WAM) at the University of Gloucestershire, UK. She also has a senior role at the University as its Head of Postgraduate Research. Her passion for research methods and developing researchers and supervisory excellence is at the heart of these combined roles and, in addition to subject expertise, she brings 20 years of experience of these aspects to her supervision, teaching and collaborative work with the European Network in Aging Studies (ENAS) and the Ageing, Communication, Technologies (ACT) partnership.

Ros is author of the WAM Manifesto (2012) and contributor to the UK Charter against Ageism and Sexism in the Media (2013). She is co-editor with Abigail Gardner of Rock On: Women, Ageing and Popular Music (2013), and author of ‘Popular Music and Ageing ‘in Twigg, J and Martin, W (eds) The Handbook of Cultural Gerontology. Recent publications include: (2015, with Maricel Oro-Piqueras,) ‘Heroine or caricature?: The Older Woman in Desperate Housewives’ in Serializing Age: Ageing and Old Age in TV Series and (2015, with Eva Krainitzki) ‘Call the celebrity’: Voicing the experience of women and ageing through the distinctive vocal presence of Vanessa Redgrave’ in Holmes, S and Jermyn, D (eds) Freeze Frame: Women, Celebrity and Cultures of Ageing. She is currently co-writing a book about ageing and popular music in Europe, to be published in 2017.

Ros is interested in supervising PhDs on topics about women, ageing and media related to sexuality, television and popular music. She is particularly interested in approaches that explore innovative and creative methods and also welcomes applications from suitably qualified older researchers who might be returning to education later in life.

Contact rjennings@glos.ac.uk

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Hannah Grist is Co-Director of the Centre for Women, Ageing and Media (WAM) at the University of Gloucestershire, and co-editor of the Postgraduate Journal of Women, Ageing and Media. Hannah was awarded her PhD in cultural studies and memory studies by the University of Gloucestershire in 2015.  Hannah has published on the use of autoethnography in qualitative research, has presented at De Montfort University’s Media Discourse series, and contributes to research modules at the University of Gloucestershire. Hannah teaches media and culural theory at undergraduate level and supervises a number of PhD projects which are connected to memory, ageing and representation. Hannah also peer reviews for MECCSA’s Networking Knowledge Journal and has recently published a co-edited Special Edition titled ‘Aging in a Networked Society’. Hannah has published on neo-noir and representations of female age, the representation of the older body in HBO’s Girls, and is currently working on an autoethnographic piece on the times and spaces of caring for older people.

Contact – hgrist@glos.ac.uk

Josephine Dolan

img_0310Josie is a Reader in Media at the University of Gloucestershire and fully engaged with WAM research partners ENAS, NANAS, DEDAL-LIT with whom she is an expert advisor, as well as being an independent research partner with the Canadian SSHRC ACT project. Josies’ research is located at the intersection of Ageing Studies, British cinema, women and film and the politics of identity. Josies’ 2016 publications are ‘”Old age” films: golden retirement, dispossession and disturbance’ in Journal of British Cinema and Television and ‘The cooking of friendships: Nora Ephron and the life-work of “mediated intimacy”’ in Casado-Gual et. al. (eds.) Literary Creativity and the Older Woman Writer: A Collection of Critical Essays. Previous work includes (2015) ‘Crumbling Rejuvenation: Archetype, embodiment and the “Aging Beauty Myth”’ in Fadina and Hockley (eds.) The Happiness Illusion: How the Media Sold Us a Fairytale; (2013) ‘Smoothing the wrinkles: Hollywood, old age femininity and the pathological gaze’ in Carter et. al. (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Media and Gender; (2013) ‘Firm and Hard: Popular Culture, Gendered Stardom and the Troubling Embodiment of “Successful Ageing”’ in Prieto-Arranz et.al. (eds.) De-Centring Cultural Studies: Past, Present and Future of Popular Culture; (2012) ’The Queen: the bio-pic, ageing femininity and the recuperation of the monarchy’ in Swinnen and Stotesbury (eds.) Aging, Performance, and Stardom: Doing Age on the stage of Consumerist Culture; (2012) ‘It isn’t going to be like this, is it?’: A Celebration of Age Festival: class, race and dis-identification’ in Ageing Femininities: Troubling Representations, which Josie co-edited with Estella Tincknell, with whom she contributed evidence to Labour’s committee on Older Women in Public Life;  the LSE Commission on Gender Inequality and Power; and The House of Lords Select Committee on Communications: Women in News and Current Affairs Broadcasting. Josie recently took part in a panel discussion at the launch of Procter and Gamble’s Victoria website. Josie is currently writing a book for Palgrave, Old Age and Contemporary Cinema: Gender and the Silvering of Stardom.

Contact: jm-dolan@sky.com


Abigail Gardner

Ab is research lead for the Media School at the University of Gloucestershire. Ab’s recent work has explored themes on ageing and memory with respect to women in popular music and video (Jennings and Gardner [eds] (2012) Rock On; Women, Ageing and Popular Music, Farnham: Ashgate). Other publications include ‘PJHarvey and Music Video Performance’ (Routledge, 2015); ‘Between Memory and Masquerade: the preclusion of age in Dolly Parton’s music videos,; in Dolan and Tincknell [eds] Aging Femininities: Troubling Representation (2012), a chapter on Fela Kuti in LeBrun and Strong [eds] Death and the Rock Star (2015) and, with Sarah Casey-Benyahia, Philip Rayner and Pete Wall, Media Studies: the Essential Resource: London, New York: Routledge (2013). Ab is currently working on ‘Aging and Popular Music across Europe’ (Routledge) with Ros Jennings. Ab is also Project Lead on a two year Erasmus digitial storytelling project across Europe.

Contact – agardner@glos.ac.uk


Caroline Coyle

picPhD student with WAM. Caroline, a poet and artist, lectures in Drama at the Department of Social Science and Design, Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland. She previously worked as a social care practitioner with young people in residential care. She holds a Masters in Child and Youth Care and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning. Her research interest is in community engagement and social gerontology, specifically women and ageing, using arts based mediums such as poetry, storytelling, film, drama and art as inquiry tools of discovery.

Caroline published an article in PGWAM (2015) titled Phenomenal Women: A Poetic View of the Social Construction of Widows in Irish Society and her 2016 Art/Poetry/Film Installation, The Bog Queen: Transformation through Contemplative Immersion, coproduced with McKenna, is pending publication. Caroline’s WAM PhD will utilise poetry inquiry to explore older women’s’ perspectives on the social construction of ageing in Irish society.

Contact – carolinecoyle@connect.glos.ac.uk


Tony Lush

PhD student with WAM. Tony began work as an apprentice in London, learning the ins and outs of telecommunications. This progressed to taking a few pertinent qualifications and eventually researching into pulse code modulation (PCM), the beginning of the digital era. A lot has happened to the digital world since then, all of it, he says, beyond his dsc_4051comprehension. Tony found the research boring and repetitive and had three years holiday at teachers training college. Interestingly, at St Pauls College, Cheltenham, now known as FCH. Tony taught physics/science (and children) for ten years and decided there was no money in it, so handed in his notice. Whilst Tony was teaching he renovated 3 houses. With this experience he started a building company which survived for 8 years. Again Tony was bored. The next move was to disseminate his knowledge of building and building renovation by teaching people how to do it (DIY) and by working as a freelance DIY adviser for various companies involved in DIY. This occupation lasted about 20 years and was the best job Tony ever had: The work was very varied, partly because he was constantly having to learn new information and skills. But mainly because a large part of his job was spreading information about how to do it yourself. This involved writing, mainly for magazines and newspapers (only one book); radio phone-ins, TV, making videos and talking/demonstrating at exhibitions (e.g. Ideal Home Exhibition). By this time the fad for DIY was fading, and so was Tony! Time to go back to education. Tony took a combined sociology/psychology BA (Hon) starting at the University of Plymouth and finishing at the University of Gloucestershire. Tony got the ‘bug’, so went on to do an MSc in occupational psychology. Now, Tony is  well into hisPhD, researching older adults and their motivations, barriers and moderators concerning physical activity.

Contact: anthonylush@connect.glos.ac.uk

Lisa-Nike Bühring

Lisa-Nike Bühring is currently researching for her PhD on the perception of ageing masculinities with WAM and is supervised by Ros Jenning. After she finished her Master’s degree in Cologne, Lisa spent seven years in Malta. There shlisa-foto_newe worked as an EFL teacher and EFL Teacher Training in an English language school while at the same time continuing her professional development by completing a CELTA as well as a Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Since her return to Germany Lisa has slowly readjusted her professional orientation by moving into the field of higher education. She is currently a lecturer for scientific working, media management and media psychology at a private university in Cologne. While Lisa’s passion for teaching remains unbroken, she is also increasingly driven by her fascination for research and in particular her intense interest in the socially and culturally constructed role models which, in varying degrees, influence our lives. Apart from academia Lisa loves spending time with her friends and family – including the 2 cats and the dog – and is a bit of a couch potato who sees it as the biggest luxury to have time to read a good book or watch an interesting programme on television.

Contact: Lisa-nikeBuehring@connect.glos.ac.uk

Alison Willmott

PhD Student with WAM/ACT. Alison has been a social worker for many years, previously working with young people leaving care. A profile-piccareer break in 2008 enabled Alison to complete an MSc by Research, which focused on female careleavers, and explored the impact of social work intervention on their experiences of pregnancy and parenthood. Latterly, Alison has worked with older people with dementia and acute mental illness. Alison’s WAM/ACT PhD brings together some of her favourite subjects and will explore the Ageing Experience of Women who Identified with Punk Music. Outside of work and academia, running (not necessarily well) keeps Alison sane and – possibly unsurprisingly – a blast of shouty music is guaranteed to improve her day.

Contact: alisonwillmott@connect.glos.ac.uk



Caroline Knudsen

PhD student with WAM. Caroline has worked as an administrator for a number of years, and has recently returned from a 4-year stint in Malta where she worked as a freelance content writer. Having taken her Masters a few years ago, Caroline has decided to return to the word of academia and is currently exploring representations of women and ageing on screen.

Contact: carolineknudsen@connect.glos.ac.uk

External WAM Members

Margaret Cruikshank

pegMargaret Cruikshank is the author or editor of seven books, most recently, Learning to be Old: Gender, Culture, and Aging, 3rd ed (2013). Earlier books were honored by the Library Journal and by the Myers Center for Human Rights in Boston. Her anthology of literature about aging, Fierce with Reality, was published in 2006. Dr. Cruikshank  is currently a faculty associate of the Center on Aging at the University of Maine. For many years, she taught English and LGBT literature at City College of San Francisco. After moving to Maine, she taught women’s studies and LGBT studies at the University of  Maine and courses on women and aging at the University of Southern Maine. Margaret was an affiliate scholar at the Center for Research on Women at Stanford and later at the Bain Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Margaret joins WAM as a Research Mentor, bringing her experience and expertise to help support and develop the activities of internal and external WAM members and researchers.


Estella Tincknell

EstellaAssociate Professor of Film and Culture at the University of the West of England. She is the co-editor (with Josephine Dolan) of Aging Femininities, Troubling Representations (Cambridge Scholars, 2012) and author of a range of essays on age and gender, including ‘Scourging the Abject Body: Ten Years Younger and Fragmented Femininity under Neoliberalism ‘ in R. Gill and C. Scharff (eds), New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism and Subjectivity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), and ‘Goldie Hawn: An Ageless Blonde for the Baby Boomer Generation’ in A. Swinnen and J. A. Stottesbury (eds), Aging, Performance and Stardom (Lit Verlag, 2012). She has published widely in the areas of film, media and popular culture, and is the author of Mediating the Family: Gender, Culture and Representation (Arnold, 2005). Her work has appeared in Feminist Media Studies, Journal of Popular Film and Television, Gender and Education and Journal of European Cultural Studies, and she currently co-edits The Soundtrack, a journal of music, film and the moving image. Her most recent book, Jane Campion and Adaptation: Angels, Demons and Unsettling Voices is due to be published in November 2013 and an essay on older female characters in Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife appears in the Journal of British Cinema and Televisionin the Autumn of 2013 (10.4, 2013). Estella has also been an invited speaker on ‘Aging and the Arts’ at The Royal Society of Medicine (January 2013) and on ‘Redundant and Replaced: Representing the Older Woman on TV’, at the Institute of Art and Ideas at Hay, Hay on Wye (September 2012). Her blog on older women on film for Age Immaterial, ‘A View From the Stalls’, can be found at this link:http://ageimmaterial.org/author/estella-tincknell/.

Sherryl Wilson

SherrylSenior Lecturer in Media and Cultural studies at the University of the West of England. Her research interests primarily lie in British and American television and television history. She is a founder member of the Women, Ageing and Media (WAM) research network and is the author of a range of works exploring representations of older women in television drama including ‘Beyond Patriarchy: Six Feet Under and the older woman’ in Josephine Dolan and Estella Tincknell (eds) Aging Femininities and ‘She’s Been Away: Ageing, Madness and Memory’ to be published in Aging Studies, 5, Spring 2014. More widely, Sherryl has published work on television talk shows, representations of mental illness in television drama, and housewives that are anxious (as in Desperate Housewives [ABC, 2004–2012]). She and two fellow media researchers were involved in the AHRC funded research project entitled ‘”No Such thing as Society”? A study of broadcasting and the public services under the three Thatcher governments, 1979-1992’ (2008-10)’. The project investigated the ways in which UK television and radio reflected and mediated the changing political, economic and ideological climate during the period of Margaret Thatcher’s premiership. An article entitled ‘Dramatising Health Care in the Age of Thatcher’ was published in the Spring 2012 edition of Critical Studies in Television (cstonline), and the book Broadcasting and the NHS in the Thatcherite 1980s (written by Pat Holland with Sherryl Wilson and High Chignell) was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013. Future research includes the uses and ‘values’ of using a second screen while watching television paying particular attention to older audience members and intergenerational interaction.