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Dr Ruth Bartlett PhD, MA, BA

Associate Professor, MSc Complex Care in Older People lead,Co-director Alzheimer’s Society funded Doctoral Training Centre

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Dr Ruth Bartlett is an Associate Professor within Health Sciences, programme lead for the MSc Complex Care in Older People, Co-director of the University’s Doctoral Training Centre in Dementia Care and Principal Investigator of an interdisciplinary, cross-faculty research project funded by the Alzheimer’s Society.

A citizenship lens has a lot to offer the dementia care field


Previous research projects have been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, national charities and local authorities. Ruth’s work focuses on people with dementia and active ageing; and together with Prof O’Conner (University of British Columbia) she has been instrumental in bringing a citizenship lens to this field. Ruth is lead author of Broadening the Dementia Debate: Towards social citizenship and has published and presented papers at key conferences related to people with dementia and active ageing for over twelve years.

Ruth is an innovative methodologist with expertise in creative and participatory methods and working with artists to communicate research; she has produced a range of high-quality outputs, including a toolkit, article and workshop for the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science and National Centre for Research Methods on using diary method in social research. Together with Prof Milligan (Lancaster) she has published a book on ‘What is Diary Method’ and is currently co-authoring a text on creative data collection methods to use with for people with dementia.

Ruth is an elected executive committee member of the British Society of Gerontology, an invited member of the editorial board for the journal Dementia: the international journal of social research and practice, ESRC peer review college member, and mentor for both the University of Southampton’s and Alzheimer’s Society mentoring schemes.

Ruth has a background in mental health nursing and academic qualifications in politics, cultural politics, social research methods and Higher Education teaching practices. She was awarded a PhD in sociology by Oxford Brookes University.



Research interests

  • Health activism and civic engagement by people with dementia
  • Using social theories of citizenship and disability to extend thinking in dementia studies
  • Enabling people with dementia to live well at home
  • Developing participatory methodologies to research the lives of people with dementia and other disabilities
  • Engaging the public in research


  • Centre for Research on Personhood in Dementia Care (University of British Columbia)
  • Centre for Dementia Research (Linkoping University, Sweden)
  • Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (The Artic University of Norway)
  • Mental Health Foundation
  • Dementia Adventure

Research project

2015 – Alzheimer’s Society Project Grant ‘Using Global Positioning System (GPS) Technologies for Safer Walking: A participative inquiry project’ £188.003.62
The purpose of this two-phase qualitative study is to examine the usage and effectiveness of GPS technologies from the standpoint of people with dementia and the police through a process of participative inquiry. The main aim is to provide fresh evidence to inform decision making at all levels from families to organisations and policy makers.

Research group

Complex Healthcare Processes

Research project(s)

Campaigning for social change: Understanding the experiences and motives of people with dementia - Dormant

Developing an Aesthetic of Dementia Activism (DADA): Using art to mediate agency

Membership of Advisory Groups

ESRC Peer Review College Member (2010 - )

Member scholar of the International Institute of Qualitative Sociology (2009 – )

Editorial board member of Dementia: International Journal of Social Research (2015-)

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Book Chapters


Creative Media and Artefacts

  • Milne, A. (Artist), Bartlett, R. (Producer), & Hick, C. (Producer). (2011). Agnes & Nancy. Digital or Visual Products


  • MSc Complex Care in Older People programme lead
  • Co-director of Alzheimer’s Society funded dementia care doctoral training centre
  • Workshop co-ordinator on diary method for National Centre for National Centre for Research Methods
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Dr Ruth Bartlett
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