Sarah Lonbay

Theme: Multimorbidity, Ageing and Frailty


Sarah is an Associate Professor at the University of Sunderland and a Research Fellow in the multimorbidity, ageing and frailty theme of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) for North East and Cumbria (NENC).

Sarah’s research interests are related to ageing and older people, with a focus on adult abuse and safeguarding. Sarah also has a strong interest and expertise in engagement, participation and co-production.

Areas of work

Recent project work has included a collaborative project with Dr Carole Southall (Northumbria University) which was concerned with the way that key agencies recognise and respond to the domestic abuse of older people.

Areas of interest

  • Adult/elder abuse and safeguarding
  • Lived experiences of ageing
  • Participation and co-production
  • Trauma informed research and teaching
  • Qualitative and creative research methods

Recent publications

Cavener, J., & Lonbay, S.P. (2022). Enhancing ‘best practice’ in trauma-informed Social Work education: Insights from a study exploring educator and student experiences. Journal of Social Work Education,

Lonbay, S.P. & Stambolieva, M. (2021). Social Policy in Social Work Education and Practice – Innovative Approaches (Editorial). Social Work and Society, 19 (2).

Lonbay, S.P., Hamilton, E., Higgins, P., Foulkes, E., Pearson, A., & Glascott, M. (2021). Trauma Informed Participatory Research: Reflections on co-producing a research proposal. International Journal of Community Research and Engagement, 14 (1), pp. 1-8.

Lonbay, S.P., Russell, C., & Smiles,  J. (2021). Involving co-educators in social work education in the context of Covid-19: Reflections on challenges and potential solutions. Relational Social Work Journal, 5 (1).

Pentaris, P., Willis, P., Ray, M., Deusdad, B., Lonbay, S.P., Niemi, M., & Donnelly, S. (2020). Older People in the Context of COVID-19: A European Perspective. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 63 (8), pp. 736 – 742.

Lonbay, S.P., Hallam, S., Weatheritt, S., & Higgins, P. (2020). “Don’t judge a book by its cover”: Lived experience of the involvement of older people in social work education. In McLaughlin, H., Duffy, J., Beresford, P., Casey, H., & Cameron, C. (Eds.). The Routledge Handbook of Service User Involvement in Human Services Research and Education. Abingdon: Routledge.

Lonbay, S. P., Cavener, J., O’Driscoll,. S., & Chappell (2020). Enhancing Educator by Experience led social work training: Lessons learned from the development of a Teaching Partnership funded project. Social Work Education.

Southall, C., Lonbay, S. P., & Brandon, T. (2019). Reflective practice within the arena of adult social care: how do social workers negotiate the liminal space between policy and practice? European Journal of Social Work, 24 (2) pp. 238 – 250.

Lonbay, S. P. (2018). Participatory approaches to social policy in relation to ageing. In Beresford, P., & Carr, S. (Eds.). Social Policy First Hand – An international introduction to participatory social welfare. Bristol: Policy Press.

Lonbay, S. P. (2018). ‘These are vulnerable people who don’t have a voice’: Exploring constructions of vulnerability and ageing in the context of safeguarding older people. The British Journal of Social Work, 48 (4), pp. 1033-1051.

Lonbay, S. P., & Brandon, T. (2017). Renegotiating power in adult safeguarding: The role of advocacy. The Journal of Adult Protection, 19 (2), pp. 78-91. (Emerald Literati Award).

Yoeli, H., Lonbay, S.P., Morey, S., & Pizycki, L. (2016). Safeguarding Adults: from realism to ritual. The Journal of Adult Protection, 18 (6), pp. 329-340.


Get in touch

Email:  [email protected]

Twitter: @SarahLonbay

Academic profile

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5122-9505