Dr Cassandra Phoenix, BSc, PhD, FHEA
Cassandra joined the department in September 2019 from the University of Bath. Prior to that, she held posts at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter Medical School.
Her current research takes the form of two inter-related strands. The first focuses on healthy ageing across the life course with respect to the embodied health-related practices, active mobilities, and socio-environmental contexts (e.g. ageism, dis/ablism), that shape people’s ability to live long, healthy lives, and do what they have reason to value as they age.
The second strand focuses on the connections between health, wellbeing and the environment by examining people’s engagement with and connection to “nature” (e.g. via blue/green spaces, and weather elements). This includes, for example, how nature is accessed, experienced, and given meaning in relation to health and wellbeing across the life course and the ways in which all of this is shaped and constrained by broader social forces and inequalities.
Underpinning each of these strands is an ongoing commitment to the development of qualitative methods.
If you are interested in undertaking a PhD under Cassandra’s supervision, she would be delighted to hear about your ideas and to discuss opportunities to work with you at Durham. Cassandra welcomes applications that connect with the research strands outlined above.
- Ageing and Active Mobilities
- Everyday Ageism
- Weather and Wellbeing
- Coastal Blue Space, Health and Wellbeing
Chapter in book
- Smith, B & Phoenix, C (2019). Qualitative research in physical activity and health. In Research Methods in Physical Activity and Health. S. R. Bird & J. A. Hawley Routledge.
- Phoenix, C. (2017). Ageing bodies. In Taylor and Francis. 179-188.
- Phoenix, C., Orr, N. & Griffin, M. (2017). Bringing socio-narratology and visual methods to focus group research. In A New Era of Focus Group Research. R. Barbour & D. Morgan Palgrave Macmillan. 325-342.
- Phoenix, C. & Tulle, E. (2017). Physical activity and ageing. In Taylor and Francis. 264-273.
- Phoenix, C. & Griffin, M. (2015). Sport, physical activity and ageing. In The Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology. Twigg, J. & Martin, J. Taylor and Francis Inc. 329-336.
- Griffin, M. & Phoenix, C. (2015). Women's lived experiences of health and ageing in physical activity. In Ethnographies in Sport and Exercise Research. G.Molnar, & L. Purdy Taylor and Francis Inc. 77-95.
- Moran, R., Hollenbeck, J. & Phoenix, C. (2013). Structural vulnerability and narrative: Sensitising concepts for understanding the health impacts of climate change. In Ecological health: Society, Ecology and Health. Gislason, M. K. Emerald. 15: 109-124.
- Tulle, E. & Phoenix, C (2015). Physical Activity and Sport in Later Life: Critical Approaches. Global Culture and Sport. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Phoenix, C & Smith, B (2011). The world of physical culture in sport and exercise: Visual methods for qualitative research. Routledge.
- Phoenix, C. & Bell, Sarah L. (2019). Beyond “Move More” Feeling the Rhythms of physical activity in mid and later-life. Social Science & Medicine 231: 47-54.
- Bell, S.L., Leyshon, C. & Phoenix, C. (2019). Negotiating nature's weather worlds in the context of life with sight impairment. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 44(2): 270-283.
- Phoenix, C. (2018). Why qualitative research is needed in gerontology and how we can do it better. Journals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 73(7): E81-E85.
- Phoenix, C. & Orr, N. (2017). Analysing exceptions within qualitative data: promoting analytical diversity to advance knowledge of ageing and physical activity. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health 9(3): 271-284.
- Bell, S.L., Wheeler, B.W. & Phoenix, C. (2017). Using Geonarratives to Explore the Diverse Temporalities of Therapeutic Landscapes: Perspectives from “Green” and “Blue” Settings. Annals of the American Association of Geographers 107(1): 93-108.
- Bell, S.L., Tyrrell, J. & Phoenix, C. (2016). A day in the life of a Ménière's patient: understanding the lived experiences and mental health impacts of Ménière's disease. Sociology of Health and Illness 39(5): 680-695.
- Griffin, M. & Phoenix, C. (2016). Becoming a runner: big, middle and small stories about physical activity participation in later life. Sport, Education and Society 21(1): 11-27.
- Bell, S.L., Tyrrell, J. & Phoenix, C. (2016). Ménière's disease and biographical disruption: Where family transitions collide. Social Science and Medicine 166: 177-185.
- Orr, N. & Phoenix, C. (2015). Photographing physical activity: using visual methods to ‘grasp at’ the sensual experiences of the ageing body. Qualitative Research 15(4): 454-472.
- Bell, S.L., Phoenix, C., Lovell, R. & Wheeler, B.W. (2015). Seeking everyday wellbeing: The coast as a therapeutic landscape. Social Science and Medicine 142: 56-67.
- Bell, S.L., Phoenix, C., Lovell, R. & Wheeler, B.W. (2015). Using GPS and geo-narratives: A methodological approach for understanding and situating everyday green space encounters. Area 47(1): 88-96.
- Bell, S.L., Phoenix, C., Lovell, R. & Wheeler, B.W. (2014). Green space, health and wellbeing: Making space for individual agency. Health and Place 30: 287-292.
- Griffin, M. & Phoenix, C. (2014). Learning to run from narrative foreclosure: One woman's story of aging and physical activity. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 22(3): 393-404.
- Phoenix, C. & Orr, N. (2014). Pleasure: A forgotten dimension of physical activity in older age. Social Science and Medicine 115: 94-102.
- Phoenix, C. & Griffin, M. (2011). Narratives at work: What can stories of older athletes do?. Ageing and Society 33(2): 243-266.
- Phoenix, C. (2010). Auto-photography in aging studies: Exploring issues of identity construction in mature bodybuilders. Journal of Aging Studies 24(3): 167-180.
- Phoenix, C. (2010). Seeing the world of physical culture: The potential of visual methods for qualitative research in sport and exercise. Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise 2(2): 93-108.
- Phoenix, C. & Howe, A. (2010). Working the When, Where, and Who of social context: The case of a traumatic injury narrative. Qualitative Research in Psychology 7(2): 140-155.
- Phoenix, C. & Sparkes, A.C. (2009). Being Fred: Big stories, small stories and the accomplishment of a positive ageing identity. Qualitative Research 9(2): 219-236.
- Phoenix, C. & Grant, B. (2009). Expanding the agenda for research on the physically active aging body. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 17(3): 362-379.
- Randall, W.L. & Phoenix, C. (2009). The problem with truth in qualitative interviews: Reflections from a narrative perspective. Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise 1(2): 125-140.
- Phoenix, C. & Sparkes, A.C. (2008). Athletic bodies and aging in context: The narrative construction of experienced and anticipated selves in time. Journal of Aging Studies 22(3): 211-221.
- Phoenix, C. & Sparkes, A.C. (2007). Sporting bodies, ageing, narrative mapping and young team athletes: An analysis of possible selves. Sport, Education and Society 12(1): 1-17.
- Phoenix, C. & Sparkes, A.C. (2006). Keeping it in the family: Narrative maps of ageing and young athletes' perceptions of their futures. Ageing and Society 26(4): 631-648.
- Phoenix, C. & Sparkes, A.C. (2006). Young athletic bodies and narrative maps of aging. Journal of Aging Studies 20(2): 107-121.
- Phoenix, C., Faulkner, G. & Sparkes, A.C. (2005). Athletic identity and self-ageing: The dilemma of exclusivity. Psychology of Sport and Exercise 6(3): 335-347.
- 2019: Wellcome Trust. Living well with weather: Developing an innovative collaboration to explore everyday weather, health, and mental wellbeing. (PI)
- 2018: World Health Organisation. Review of existing ageism campaigns to inform the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism. (PI)
- 2015: NIational Institute for Health Research. What are the factors that influence older adults’ engagement in exercise and physical activity? An evidence synthesis of qualitative research and mapping of quantitative reviews. (Co-I)
- 2014: - 2015. Ménière’s Society. Living with Ménière’s disease: Understanding patient experiences of mental health and well-being. (PI)
- 2014: -2017: Economic & Social Research Council. More of the same is not enough: New directions in ageing and physical activity. (PI)
- 2014: RCUK Catalyst Public Engagement Fund. Moving Stories – Moving On: Engaging the public through verbatim theatre. (PI)
- 2012: The Leverhulme Trust. Artist in Residence (Jonty Lees) (PI)
- 2012: Thomas Pocklington Trust. Physical activity among older people with sight loss: A qualitative research study to inform policy and practice. (PI)
- 2011: - 2013: Economic & Social Research Council First Grants Scheme. Moving stories: Understanding the role of physical activity on experiences and perceptions of (self-) ageing. (PI)