Paul Simpson has a B.Sc. Social Sciences (Sociology), an MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of Manchester and a PGCE (Further, Higher and Adult Education), Bolton University and is Fellow of the HEA.
Prior to EHU, Paul lectured in Sociology for three years at the University of Manchester. As a Lecturer in Applied Health and Social Care, he is responsible for modules on social policy and health inequalities on the BA Health and Social Well-Being and lectures on research methods on this programme and various sociologically and culturally focused issues on various other programmes, including the pre-registration Nursing M.Sc. Paul is also co-supervising tow PhD students in medical humanities.
Paul’s research interests include ageing masculinities and ageing sexuality. His book, Middle-aged Gay Men, Ageing and Ageism has been nominated by the publisher, Palgrave Macmillan, for two awards and has published his work on gay male ageing in five high impact, peer-reviewed journals in Sociology and interdisciplinary studies, including the British Journal of Sociology (2014) and Ageing and Society . In 2013, he was awarded a grant under the Economic and Social Research Council’s Transformative Research initiative to research the neglected issues of intimacy and sexuality in care homes for older people. The fieldwork was completed in August 2014 and a review of literature has been published (2015, Ageing and Society) and the international, interdisciplinary research team – OPUS – of which Paul is principle investigator, is preparing another four articles. OPUS – Older People’s Understandings of Sexuality – is also planning an international conference “Ageing Sexuality into the Twenty-First Century” at EHU in June 2017 in conjunction with Social Sciences Department staff.
Along with departmental colleague, Dr Mike Richards, Paul has been awarded an EHU RIF award for an exploratory study to begin January 2016 of what working class men of different ages do about achieving and maintaining health. He is also applying for funding, with Dr Simon Roberts, Bournemouth University, from Wellcome Trust to research male care staff and emotion work.