Dr Diane Burns


Dr Diane Burns

Dr Diane Burns, Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies in Sheffield University Management School is a member of the Sustainable Care Programme (SCP) Leadership Group and is leading the Work Package Delivering care at home: emerging models and their implications for sustainability and wellbeing.

Taking an organisational approach, Diane’s research examines the relationships between types of organisational structure; funding; quality of care work jobs; and the quality of care and support older people are offered and receive.

Diane became involved in the SCP to contribute new knowledge to inform the design of models and organisational structures capable of offering sustainability and wellbeing for care workers, people receiving social care and their family members.

Research and publications

Burns, D., Goodlad, C., Hamblin, K., and Zimpel-Leal, K. (2022). Innovation in UK independent homecare services: A thematic narrative review. Health and Social Care in the Community, 00, 1– 12.

Ageing Well at Home: emergent models of home care provision and the professionalisation of the home care workforce (Sustainable Care Policy Perspective 2018) (PDF, 370KB)

Kenkmann, A., Poland, F., Burns, D. and Hyde, P. (2017). Negotiating and valuing space: The discourses of space and 'home' in care homes. Health and Place, 43 8-16.

Burns, D., Hyde, P. and Killett, A. (2016). How financial cutbacks affect job quality and care of the elderly. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 69(4) 991-1016.

Killett, A., Burns, D., Kelly, F. and Brooker, D. (2016). Digging deep: How organisational culture affects care home residents' experiences. Ageing and Society, 36(1) 160-188

Burns, D., Earle, J., Folkman, P., Froud, J., Hyde, P., Johal, S., Rees Jones, I., Killett, A., and Williams, K. (2016) Why we need social innovation in home care for older people

Burns, D., Cowie, L., Earle, J., Folkman, P., Froud, J., Hyde, P., Johal, S., Rees Jones, I., Killett, A., and Williams, K. (2016) Where does the money go? Financialised chains and the crisis in residential care.