Professor Alison Bowes



Research interests and experience:

My research interests are in the general area of social inclusion, participation, citizenship and the lifecourse, with particular reference to older people. I continue to work with people from black and minority ethnic groups, reflecting a longstanding interest. Currently, my research focuses on aspects of care and support in older age, with particular interests in telecare and elder abuse as well as long term care for older people with support needs, especially people with dementia. I have completed many funded projects in these areas, and published widely.


2011-2013 CHOICE: Care home organisations implementing cultures for excellence (PANICOA network final study) (£551,407) Department of Health and Comic Relief (with teams from Cardiff, East Anglia and Worcester Universities)
2012-2013 Exploring satisfaction with personal social care services among Pakistani, Bangladeshi and White British people (£273,000) NIHR School for Social Care Research (with NatCen and University of Leeds)
2012-2013 Enabling health and well-being among older people: capitalising on resources in deprived areas through general practice (£73,602) CSO (Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy) (with Glasgow University)
2012 REMODEM: support of people with dementia in remote areas (preparatory network funding) (£7868) EU Northern Peripheries Programme (with partners in Norway, Sweden, Greenland, Faroe Islands)
2012-2014 Best practice in the design of residential environments for people living with dementia and sight loss Thomas Pocklington Trust (£58,774) 2012-2013 Promotion of dementia standards: literature review (£38,054) Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (Care Inspectorate)
2012-2014 REMODEM: support of people with dementia in remote areas (main project funding) (€646,791) EU Northern Peripheries Programme (with partners in Norway, Sweden, Greenland, Faroe Islands)
2013 Assistive technology for people with dementia: literature review (£10,000) Dementia Services Development Trust
2014-2019 Centre for Population Change (phase 2) (£4.7m) ESRC (CoI as member of Scottish consortium with University of Southampton lead) Leading the project ‘Carers Time Use’ and supervising the attached PhD studentship
2015 Designing environments for people with dementia: a structured literature review (£20,000) Dementia Services Development Trust
2015-2018 Personalised physical activity for people with dementia in care homes (£299,866) Healthcare Management Trust
2015-2018 RemoAge: remote support of aged people (EU Northern Peripheries and Arctic Programme) Co-I Lead partner: County Council of Norbotten, Sweden, total budget 2m Euros. I lead the Stirling team.
2015-2017 Understanding the outcomes of people with cognitive impairment and/or dementia admitted to the general hospital (NIHR – Health Services and Delivery Research Programme (£293,491) Co-I Lead = Professor Emma Reynish

What attracted you to this research project?

Throughout my career I have been committed to research that makes a difference, and have focused on projects which have practical outcomes for older people, including people with dementia and people experiencing social exclusion, such as through minority ethnicity, poor housing or deprivation. This project will work with one of the most excluded groups in modern society – older people with dementia who live in care homes, and will not only support the work of HMT, but will also have wider implications for the care home sector and those who live and work in it.


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