Dr Michele Abendstern - personal details
PG Dip Applied Social Research Methods (2001) University of Manchester
PG Dip Applied Social Studies and CQSW 1988 South Bank Polytechnic
PhD 1986(Expression or control? Working class leisure between the wars) University of Essex
BA (hons) 2.1 Economic and Social History 1981 University of Hull
I have worked as a Research Associate at the Personal Social Services Research Unit since 2002 where I have been involved with a range of studies into health social care policy and practice arrangements for older people including those with mental illhealth. Particular projects include investigating: services for people with dementia in NW England; the implementation of the Single Assessment Process in England; the introduction of Self-Assessment in social care; and the structures and practices of Community Mental Health Teams for Older People.
In the past I have worked on a series of oral history projects, most recently at the University of Manchester, including the history of the University itself with Emeritus Professor Biran Pullan, and the history of the health of women cotton workers with Professor Christin Hallett. Earlier projects included studies of social mobility within families and inter-generational relationships with Professor Paul Thompson.
I am also a qualified social worker and worked in this capacity for the London Borough of Greenwhich between 1998 and 1997.