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Dr Ruth Naughton-Doe

BSc, MSc, PhD (Bristol)

  • Research Associate

Visit Dr Ruth Naughton-Doe's profile on the York Research Database to see a full list of publications and browse her research related activities.


Areas of expertise

  • Carers, mental health carers and young carers
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Co-production of research and social care services
  • Evaluation of social interventions

Academic biography

Ruth joined the University of York in October 2020 on a project developing an intervention to support mental health carers. Ruth’s interest in carers followed working as a mental health support worker in a carers’ service and a mental health crisis team between 2016-2019. Ruth has also worked on projects examining the social care needs of older carers, and an evaluation of a young carers service. 

Ruth is interested in loneliness and isolation, particularly existential loneliness, and has worked on two projects focused on loneliness and isolation among older people. Ruth runs the ‘Alone but Together Project’, which is capturing people’s stories about lockdown through online zine workshops during the Covid-19 pandemic. Ruth has helped to develop a co-production toolkit for voluntary sector services delivering interventions to reduce loneliness.

Ruth’s interest in co-production stems from her ESRC funded PhD in Social Work Research- ‘An evaluation of timebanking in England: what can timebanks contribute to the co-production of preventive social care?’. During her PhD, she won a World University Network Researcher Mobility Award and spent three months exploring timebanks in New Zealand to support a comparative approach.


Recent publications

Naughton-Doe, R., Cameron, A., and Carpenter, J. (2020) Timebanking and the co-production of preventive social care with adults; what can we learn from the challenges of implementing person-to-person timebanks in England? Health and Social Care in the Community (Early view).

Naughton-Doe, R. (2020) 'Going to war, or going to work?' Nursing Times, June 2020. Available online.

Naughton-Doe, R. (2020) Managing the social recession: how are services that aim to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people responding to Covid-19? Blog post for the Centre for Loneliness Studies, May 2020.


Current research interests and projects

Section 17 leave: supporting unpaid carers (2020-2023)

Funded by the NIHR SSCR, University of York, Social Policy and Social Work

Research Associate

This study aims to develop a new s.17 standard for the Triangle of Care (guidance for NHS Mental Health Trusts on how to fully engage with carers) and test if it shows promise in practice. The s.17 standard will define the support to be provided to carers before, during and after periods of s.17 leave.

Alone but Together – sharing our stories of lockdown (2020)

A project that encouraged connection through storytelling during lockdowns through a series of zine making workshops.

Evaluation of Time to Shine (2020)

University of Sheffield, Department of Sociological Studies

Research Associate

Time to Shine’ is a six year, cross-partnership project, commissioned by Leeds Older People’s Forum and funded through the Big Lottery. Fulfilling lives: Ageing Better Programme. The programme aimed to reduce the social isolation and loneliness of people over 50 with a ‘co-production’ approach. The evaluation study involved a mixed method approach of analysis of monitoring and survey data and focus groups and individual interviews with project beneficiaries, volunteers, and staff. 

Productive Margins, regulating for engagement: isolation and loneliness among older people (2016)

Funded by the AHRC University of Bristol, Department of Education

Research Associate

The project explored the experiences of isolation and loneliness for older people using a co-produced action-research approach.

Support for older carers of older people: the impact of the 2014 Care Act (2016)

Funded by the NIHR SSCR, University of Bristol, School for Policy Studies

Research Associate





Contact details

Dr Ruth Naughton-Doe
Research Associate
School for Business and Society

Tel: +44 (0)1904 321991