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Jen Owen

Dr Jennifer Owen

Research Associate

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Biography

Dr Jennifer Owen is a Research Associate at the NIHR Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit (HSCWRU), based in the Policy Institute. She joined King's and HSCWRU in April 2021. At the Unit, Jen is leading an exploratory study, funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR), of the role of professional decluttering services as part of interventions with people who hoard. She was previously part of a team examining self-neglect and hoarding among older people, also funded by the NIHR SSCR.

Prior to joining King’s, Jen was an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded Postdoctoral Fellow at Cardiff University, during which she studied a third-sector decluttering service supporting older people in South Wales. Before this, Jen worked at CASCADE on a systematic review of Shared Decision-Making Family Meetings.

In 2019, Jen completed a PhD based in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University, funded by the ESRC. Her thesis examined what the growth of the self-storage industry in the UK could tell us about the changing needs of individuals and families in the face of life-course trajectories, transitions and events – including bereavement, moving home and abroad, and growing older.

With a background in social and cultural geography, Jen’s research is broadly concerned with the spatial processes and practices which construct everyday life. In particular, she is interested in the place of material objects in experiences of home, identity, mobility and the life course.

Jen is an Associate Fellow of Advanced HE, Communications Officer of the Royal Geographical Society Social and Cultural Geography Research Group, and co-founder of the UK Clutter Research Group. She has recently collaborated on the Methods for Change project, funded by ASPECT, which captures and shares the importance of social science methods for societal change.

Jennifer Owen: ORCID iD | Research Profile at King's

    Research

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    Volunteers in Adult Social Care (VASC): An evaluation of the national volunteer responders scheme

    Evaluating an online system that aims to ‘match’ potential volunteers with care providers and organisations who wish to recruit more volunteers.

    Project status: Ongoing

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    Understanding and improving training offers for professionals working with people with hoarding behaviours

    A short study building on two earlier NIHR School for Social Care Research funded projects.

    Project status: Ongoing

    Front Page Martineau et al 2021
    Social care responses to self-neglect and hoarding among older people: What works in practice?

    How should Adult Social Care best respond?

    Project status: Completed

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    Evaluation of the International Recruitment Fund for adult social care

    The fund aims to increase the number of international recruits entering adult social care, improving ethical international recruitment & employment practice.

    Project status: Ongoing

    News

    New perspectives on hoarding behaviours... from psychology, law & social care

    A recording and the slides from this event are available

    Abstract green image broken down into squares

    At the NIHR School for Social Care Research annual conference

    Unit researchers were a strong presence at the conference – held at The Law Society

    Stained glass window and ornate lighting

    Current thinking on hoarding behaviour

    Over 320 people attended a webinar focusing on psychological and legal perspectives

    Abstract pattern

    King's researchers facilitated two workshops on self-neglect and hoarding behaviour in Greenwich

    Nicole Steils and Jen Owen were sharing findings from a NIHR School for Social Care Research study

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    At the Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology

    Unit researchers were a strong presence at this year's online conference

    People at a lecture

    What do we know about hoarding behaviour and treatment approaches for older people?

    New evidence review from our NIHR School for Social Care Research study

    Green and yellow graphic

    Events

    01Febgreen-780

    New perspectives on hoarding behaviours... from psychology, law & social care

    A half-day event exploring innovative new developments in supporting people with hoarding behaviours

    Please note: this event has passed.

    28Novnihr-arc-sl-sarp-780

    Current thinking on hoarding behaviour

    Psychological and legal perspectives: Paul Salkovskis, Tim Spencer-Lane

    Please note: this event has passed.

      Research

      VASC logo 780-b
      Volunteers in Adult Social Care (VASC): An evaluation of the national volunteer responders scheme

      Evaluating an online system that aims to ‘match’ potential volunteers with care providers and organisations who wish to recruit more volunteers.

      Project status: Ongoing

      training in hoarding-780
      Understanding and improving training offers for professionals working with people with hoarding behaviours

      A short study building on two earlier NIHR School for Social Care Research funded projects.

      Project status: Ongoing

      Front Page Martineau et al 2021
      Social care responses to self-neglect and hoarding among older people: What works in practice?

      How should Adult Social Care best respond?

      Project status: Completed

      map of the world-780
      Evaluation of the International Recruitment Fund for adult social care

      The fund aims to increase the number of international recruits entering adult social care, improving ethical international recruitment & employment practice.

      Project status: Ongoing

      News

      New perspectives on hoarding behaviours... from psychology, law & social care

      A recording and the slides from this event are available

      Abstract green image broken down into squares

      At the NIHR School for Social Care Research annual conference

      Unit researchers were a strong presence at the conference – held at The Law Society

      Stained glass window and ornate lighting

      Current thinking on hoarding behaviour

      Over 320 people attended a webinar focusing on psychological and legal perspectives

      Abstract pattern

      King's researchers facilitated two workshops on self-neglect and hoarding behaviour in Greenwich

      Nicole Steils and Jen Owen were sharing findings from a NIHR School for Social Care Research study

      Green and yellow graphic

      At the Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology

      Unit researchers were a strong presence at this year's online conference

      People at a lecture

      What do we know about hoarding behaviour and treatment approaches for older people?

      New evidence review from our NIHR School for Social Care Research study

      Green and yellow graphic

      Events

      01Febgreen-780

      New perspectives on hoarding behaviours... from psychology, law & social care

      A half-day event exploring innovative new developments in supporting people with hoarding behaviours

      Please note: this event has passed.

      28Novnihr-arc-sl-sarp-780

      Current thinking on hoarding behaviour

      Psychological and legal perspectives: Paul Salkovskis, Tim Spencer-Lane

      Please note: this event has passed.