Dr Victoria Cluley

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

School/Department: Cardiovascular Sciences, Department of



I am a Post-doctoral Research Fellow on the NightLife study to explore nocturnal haemodialysis. My research interest is sociology of health and illness with a particular focus on health and illness experiences ageing chronic illness and disability. I am currently working on the process evaluation for the NightLife study using ethnographic methods and photovoice to explore staff and patient experience. My previous research has focused on experiences of frailty learning disability co-production and public value. I am particularly interested in the use of visual methods and the application of New Materialism.

I completed my PhD in Sociology at University of Nottingham in December 2016.


I am currently working on the NightLife study - a clinical trial of nocturnal haemodialysis. This study is funded by NIHR.


(0) Cluley, V., Martin, G., Radnor, Z. and Banerjee, J., 2021. Talking about frailty: The role of stigma and precarity in older peoples' constructions of frailty. Journal of Aging Studies, 58, p.100951.

Cluley, V., Gale, N. and Radnor, Z., 2021. Using situated interviews to engage frail older people in the co-production of improved emergency healthcare. International Journal of Public Administration, 44(9), pp.767-777.

Cluley, V., Martin, G., Radnor, Z. and Banerjee, J., 2021. Frailty as biographical disruption. Sociology of Health & Illness (online).  Available at

Cluley, V., Martin, G., Radnor, Z., Banerjee, J., 2020. Talking about frailty: health professional perspectives and an ideological dilemma. Ageing and Society (online). Available at

Cluley, V., Pilnick, A. and Fyson, R., 2020. Improving the inclusivity and credibility of visual research: interpretive engagement as a route to including the voices of people with learning disabilities in analysis. Visual Studies, pp.1-13.

von Heimburg, D. and Cluley, V., 2020. Advancing complexity-informed health promotion: a scoping review to link health promotion and co-creation. Health Promotion International (online).  Available at

Cluley, V., Fyson, R. and Pilnick, A., 2020. Theorising disability: a practical and representative ontology of learning disability. Disability & Society, 35(2), pp.235-257.

Cluley, V., Bateman, N. and Radnor, Z., 2020. The use of visual images to convey complex messages in health settings: Stakeholder perspectives. International Journal of Healthcare Management, pp.1-9.

Pickard, S., Cluley, V., Danely, J., Laceulle, H., Leon-Salas, J., Vanhoutte, B. and Romero-Ortuno, R., 2019. New horizons in frailty: the contingent, the existential and the clinical. Age and Ageing, 48(4), pp.466-471.

Cluley, V. 2017. Using photovoice to include people with profound and multiple learning disabilities in inclusive research. British Journal of Learning Disabilities 45:1, 39-46.


I am interested in supervising PhD projects that explore:

- experiences of health and illness

- the role of the body in health and illness

- biographical disruption

- the use of visual methods

- the application of post-humanism

- healthcare improvement

- experiences of disability in particular learning disability

- experiences of ageing in particular frailty


I teach on the Sociology of Health and Illness module for BA Sociology.

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