Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences


Dr Carrie Ryan

Academic position: Lecturer (Teaching) in Biosocial Medical Anthropology

Department: Anthropology

Email: carrie.ryan@ucl.ac.uk

Website: Carrie Ryan


Dr Ryan's work focuses broadly on ageing and care in both the United States and the Untied Kingdom. Her first project is based on two years of ethnographic research at a Continuing Care Retirement Community and focuses on how ageing intersects with time, community engagement, nutrition, gender, race, precarity, and loss. Her new research project, Ageing Playfully, explores how play and games might contribute to ageing wellbeing.

Research Projects:

The new Ageing Playfully project is interested in a multidisciplinary approach to ageing wellbeing, including cognitive health. Dr Ryan is particularly interested in games for cognitive health, particularly in problematizing the current approach and advocating for a reimagining of what wellbeing games might cultivate.


Dr Ryan teaches on themes related to ageing, care, loneliness, nutrition, applied medical anthropology, bioethics, chronic disease, and more.