Dr Noreen Orr
South Cloisters 3.09
South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
Dr Noreen Orr is a Research Fellow in the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team. She has a specific interest in using qualitative research methods and has experience in undertaking in-depth interviews, life story interviews, focus groups, and in using visual methods in primary research projects. More recently, she has undertaken evidence synthesis research: she has led on the qualitative evidence synthesis strand of a mixed methods review on a NIHR: RfPB funded project on older people and physical activity; and on a systematic review of the qualitative evidence on older people's sensory experiences of the natural environment.
2009 PhD (Brighton)
1991 MSc (Ulster)
1989 BA (Hons) (QUB)
Research group links
· Qualitative research methods
· Qualitative evidence syntheses
· Ageing and wellbeing
· Linking social science research to practice
What are the effects of human-animal interaction on the health and wellbeing of residents in care homes? A synthesis of qualitative and quantitative evidence. (https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.asp?ID=CRD42017058201)
What are the factors that influence older adults’ engagement in exercise and physical activity? An evidence synthesis of qualitative research and mapping of quantitative reviews. (2015-2016) NIHR RfPB (https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.asp?ID=CRD42015023796)
When using natural settings, how do older people describe their sensory engagement with the outside world? A systematic review of the qualitative evidence. (2013-2014) European Centre for Environment & Human Health In-Residence Scheme (https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.asp?ID=CRD42015020736)
Moving Stories: Understanding the role of physical activity in shaping perceptions and experiences of (self-)ageing. (2011-2013) ESRC
- 2017 ESRC Impact Acceleration Award
'Supporting Healthcare Professionals Improve Older People’s Sensory Experiences of the Natural World’ to design and pilot training materials for people working in care homes. (PI) Co-designed with V Hutchinson at the Sensory Trust.
- 2016 ESRC Impact Acceleration Award
'Embedding sensory experiences of the outdoors into the daily lives of older people' to organise a workshop with the Sensory Trust and their partners. (PI) Co-designed with V Hutchinson at the Sensory Trust
- 2014 ESRC Seminar Series
“More of the Same is Not Enough”: New Directions in Ageing and Physical Activity (ES/M001709/1) (Co-applicant).
- 2014 University of Exeter Catalyst Funding
Moving Stories – Moving On. (Co-applicant)
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Noreen delivers guest lectures on Qualitative Research Methods and Ageing Well on the MSc in Environment and Human Health.