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New SDSS Research Officer: Dianne Theakstone

Meet our new Research Officer: Dianne Theakstone

Hi, I’m Dianne Theakstone and I’ve recently joined the SDSS team. My best buddy (who you can see in the picture) is Merlin, my 2 year old, very mischievous black lab guide dog.

I come from a research background that focuses upon co-production methodology with disabled people and exploring how to improve disabled peoples’ access to independent living. I’ve just finished a PhD in Applied Social Sciences at the University of Stirling and I’m currently working part-time as a researcher on the Match Me project (what works for effective allocations of adapted/accessible social housing) funded by Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning.

My role with SDSS is Service User Experiences Research Officer. Between now and March 2019, I’ll be exploring the experiences/views of SDS users in five local authority areas in Scotland. We’re very excited about the project that seeks to build upon a pilot study conducted in 2016.

I will be working on Mondays, Tuesday mornings and Wednesdays from 9am – 5pm.

If you would like to share any relevant information with me or if you would like to find out more about the Service User Experience project, please don’t hesitate to contact me on:

I look forward to meeting you all during the course of my time with SDSS.