Professor Sue Yeandle


Professor Sue Yeandle

Professor of Sociology, Director of CIRCLE

Department: Sociological Studies

Faculty: Social Sciences

Research expertise

  • Independent living

  • Carer support through technology

  • Technology-enabled care


Telephone: +44 114 222 6485


University profile


I joined the University of Sheffield in 2015 after working at the University of Leeds (2006–15) and other universities. My work focuses on care, work, gender and family, with a special interest in the social dimensions of technologies used in caring contexts.

In 2011–14 I led AKTIVE, a TSB-funded academic-industry study of older people with care needs using technology at home. I directed two DH-funded national evaluation studies of support for carers in 2008–11 and have collaborated on numerous EU-funded studies.

I have also given expert advice to the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, ICT-AGE, House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee and PM's National Carers Strategy Task Force. I hold a WUN award on 'Sustainable Care' and work closely with Carers UK, Eurocarers and Employers for Carers.

Current research projects

  • Using technology to support older adults with dual sensory impairment: An everyday life analysis.

  • A qualitative study of older people with DSI living in different parts of England using telecare or other technologies to support them in daily life. Field research undertaken 2014–15 by K Hamblin (OIPA), E-R Koivunen (University of Leeds) and K Jarrold (Sense).

  • Sponsor – Sense PI: S Yeandle. Collaborators: University of Leeds and Oxford Institute of Population Ageing.

  • Outputs: study report 'Keeping in touch with technology? Using telecare and assistive technology to support older people with dual sensory impairment'. Publication and study dissemination date: 10 March 2016.