Nadia joined the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the University of Kent in 2008 and moved to the CHSS in 2020. Prior to joining the university she held senior research roles within central and local government, the health service and the non-profit sector. Nadia has an MSc in social research and evaluation and a doctorate in social policy that focused on the extent, nature and process of innovation in adult social care.
Nadia has extensive knowledge of social care and substantial experience of designing and conducting mixed methods research. Nadia has expertise in project management and the co-design and delivery of research. She has been principal and co-investigator for a number of projects funded by national bodies and involved with international comparative projects spanning 30 countries. Nadia is currently Co-production Theme Lead for a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration comprised of over 40 organisations and runs one-off co-production events through the ‘Co-production Lab’. Nadia is a member of a NIHR Research for Patient Benefit funding committee and member of a College of Experts for the COVID Recovery and Learning Research programme providing social care expertise.
- social care
- service provision
- community models of support for older adults and people with learning disabilities
- theory-based evaluation
Hussein, S., Towers, AM., Palmer, S., Brookes, N., Silarova, B. and Mäkelä P. (2022) Developing a Scale of Care Work-Related Quality of Life (CWRQoL) for Long-Term Care Workers in England. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19, 2, pp. 945. https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/19/2/945/htm
Silarova, B., Brookes, N., Palmer, S., Towers, A.-M., and Hussein, S. (2022) Understanding and measuring the work-related quality of life among those working in adult social care: A scoping review. Health and Social Care in the Community, 30, 5 pp. 1637–1664. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/hsc.13718
Segaard, S.B., Brookes, N., and Pahl, J.B. (2020) What Shapes National Responses to EU Public Procurement Policy? The Case of Health and Social services in Norway, Germany and England. Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, 24, 1, pp. 25-48. https://ojs.ub.gu.se/index.php/sjpa/article/view/4621/3782
Pape, U., Brandsen, T., Pahl, J.B., Pieliński, B., Baturina, D., Brookes, N., Chaves, Á. R., Kendall, J., Matančević, J., Petrella, F., Rentzsch, C., Richez-Battesti, N., Savall Morera, T. and Simsa, R. and Zimmer, A. (2020) Changing policy environments in Europe and the resilience of the third sector. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 31, pp. 238–249. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11266-018-00087-z
Mohan, J., Yoon, Y., Kendall, J. and Brookes, N. (2018) English voluntary organisations: subjective perceptions and financial realities, Voluntary Sector Review, 9, pp. 3.
Kendall, J., Mohan, J., Brookes, N. and Yoon, Y. (2018) Measuring what we treasure? Towards a more holistic understanding of the English voluntary sector in an austere social policy context, Journal of Social Policy, 47, 4, pp. 759-782. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-social-policy/article/english-voluntary-sector-how-volunteering-and-policy-climate-perceptions-matter/7830F27CF4EAECC1B103796A487A14C2
Callaghan, L., Brookes, N. and Palmer, S. (2017) Older people receiving family-based support in the community: A survey of quality of life amongst users of ‘Shared Lives’ in England, Health and Social Care in the Community, 25, 3, pp.1655-1666. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5573976/
Brookes, N. (2016) Implementation of a community-based approach to dementia care in England: Understanding the experiences of staff, Journal of Social Service Research, 43, 3, pp. 336-345. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01488376.2016.1242448
Brookes, N., Kendall, J. and Mitton, L. (2016) Birmingham: A “Locality Approach” to Combating Worklessness, In T. Brandsen, S. Cattacin, A. Evers and A. Zimmer (Eds.) Social Innovations in the Urban Context, Springer, London, pp. 257-263. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-21551-8_20
Brookes, N., Kendall, J. and Mitton, L. (2016) Birmingham, Priority to Economics, Social Innovation at the Margins, In T. Brandsen, S. Cattacin, A. Evers and A. Zimmer (Eds.) Social Innovations in the Urban Context, Springer, London, pp. 83-96. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-21551-8_5
Brookes, N., Kendall, J. and Mitton, L. (2016) Birmingham: The Youth Employment and Enterprise Rehearsal Project, In T. Brandsen, S. Cattacin, A. Evers and A. Zimmer (Eds.) Social Innovations in the Urban Context, Springer, London, pp. 251-255. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-21551-8_19
Brookes, N., Palmer, S. and Callaghan, L. (2016) ‘I live with other people and not alone’: a survey of the views and experiences of older people using Shared Lives (adult placement), Working with Older People, 20, 3, pp. 179-186. https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/WWOP-03-2016-0005/full/html
Brookes, N. (2015) Personalisation and innovation of social services in a cold financial climate, In Donati, P. (Eds) Towards a New Local Welfare: Best Practices and Networks of Social Inclusion, Bononia University Press, Bologna, Italy, pp.183-205.
Brookes, N., Callaghan, L., Netten, A. and Fox, D. (2015) Personalisation and innovation in a cold financial climate, British Journal of Social Work, 45, 1, pp. 86-103. https://academic.oup.com/bjsw/article/45/1/86/1736932