Chloe Waterman

Chloe Waterman

Birmingham Law School
Doctoral researcher

Contact details

Title of thesis: Legal Decision-Making in Dementia: A conversation analytic study

Supervisors: Professor Rosie Harding and Professor Elizabeth Peel


  • BSC in Psychology and English (Joint honors), Keele University
  • MSC in Psychology of Health and Wellbeing, Keele University


I have used conversation analysis in both my previous dissertations which observed alcohol and drugs support services. I have research experience working with several external organizations namely frontline public services and support services in the third sector. I am interested in institutional interactions, the role of the third sector, and gerontological issues. Currently my focus is capacity law, lasting powers of attorney’s and wills.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Legal Decision-Making in Dementia: A conversation analytic study
Professor Rosie Harding
Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur


In my PhD I am focusing on capacity law, specifically how decisions about wills and lasting power of attorneys are made in the everyday lives of individuals with dementia, their family’s, and carers. Summarily, I will be observing how mental capacity is discussed between clients and solicitors in solicitor’s offices, interviewing people with dementia and their family to investigate what they understand about how the law works for people with dementia, and how having dementia can change their legal rights. Data will be analyzed using conversation and discourse analysis. I will be using relational theory to inform my theoretical framework.

Other activities

  • I took an overseas institution visit to the University of Linkoping in Sweden to visit their Centre for Dementia Research and esteemed colleagues in 2019
  • I will be undertaking a UKRI NERC internship with the Age Uk policy department from September – December 2019
  • I am a member of the Socio-Legal studies society, and the British Psychological Society
  • I successfully applied for funding from the BPS to undertake a research assistantship in 2015


Conference presentations

2019 – Is Mental Capacity Law in England and Wales Neuro-centric? Evidence from case law., Oral Presentation, Chloe Waterman, Supervised by Rosie Harding and Elizabeth Peel, Presented at the Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference 2019

2019 – The Challenge of 'Brainhood' in Dementia: Ensuring the UN CRPD Values Survive in a Neuro-Centric Culture, Poster Presentation, Chloe Waterman, Supervised by Rosie Harding and Elizabeth Peel, Presented at the International Association for Gerontology and Geriatrics conference 2019

2019 – The Law and Dementia: Constructions of Personhood, Oral Presentation, Chloe Waterman, Supervised by Rosie Harding and Elizabeth Peel, Presented at the Birmingham Law school Conference 2019

2018 - Constructions of Capacity in Psychology and Law: The importance of compromise, Oral Presentation, Chloe Waterman, Supervised by Rosie Harding and Elizabeth Peel, Presented at the 6th Midlands Graduate School ESRC Student Conference 2018

2017 - Discussing difficult topics in two counselling contexts - Passive and Active identity: An example. Academic Poster, Chloe Waterman, Supervised by Alexandra Kent, presented at the 2017 Keele Psychology Postgraduate Conference

2016 - Ethnicity in helpline calls – “Not that it makes any difference”, Academic Poster – Co-authored, Chloe Waterman and Alexandra Kent, presented at the 2016 British Psychological Society Annual Conference


2019 - Social Research Methods in Dementia Studies: Inclusion and Innovation, Book Review, QMip Journal, Chloe Waterman

2018  - Families bereaved by alcohol or drugs, research on experiences, coping and support, Book Review, Mortality Journal, Chloe Waterman

2015 -  ‘Please, I need help, please!’: Reflections on involving undergraduate psychology students in a conversation analytic study of 999 and 101 police calls, Article, QMip Journal, Claire Melia, Chloe Waterman,  Prabhjeet Marok, Alexandra Kent