UCL Anthropology


Dr Carrie Ryan

Lecturer (Teaching)

Dept of Anthropology

Faculty of S&HS

Joined UCL
15th Nov 2019

Research summary

Carrie's research in the United States and the United Kingdom focuses on ageing and care.

Her work in the US explores how older adults find meaning and build community in increasingly precarious ageing trajectories. For this research, Carrie spent two years living and working part-time as an Activities Assistance in a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Los Angeles. She also trained as a Death Midwife during this time. Through this research she has written on risk, bingo, conscious dying, and affective caregiving. She is currently writing a book on this research.

Her work in the UK examines older adult loneliness and the impact of community activities on older adult wellbeing. Recently, she has developed an interest in play and games in old age through her recent Grand Challenge-funded project 'Ageing Playfully: Play and Games for Ageing Wellbeing.'

Teaching summary

Carrie convenes:

  • Aspects of Applied Medical Anthropology (UG/PG)

She also teaches on: 

  • Being Human (UG)
  • Biosocial Medical Anthropology Core Seminar (PG)
  • Medical Anthropology Core Seminar (PG)
  • Anthropology for Medical Students (UG)
  • Theory, Ethnography, and Professional Practice (PG)
  • Nutrition, Health, and Culture (UG/PG)

Carrie is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She received a UCL Changemaker's grant to co-run a project with her students titled 'Applied Medical Anthropology: An Interview Series.' 


University of Oxford
Doctorate, PhD |
Diploma of HE, BA |
Masters, MPhil |


Carrie is a Lecturer (Teaching) in Biosocial Medical Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at UCL. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Oxford in 2019.

Before joining UCL, Carrie was a Tutor in Anthropology at the University of Oxford and an Associate Lecturer in Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University. She then conducted research at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing on a project examining the intersection of ageing wellbeing, loneliness, and the arts. She has worked in nursing homes and retirement communities for over ten years. 

Carrie is an Affiliate with the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford and the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing.