Dr Simon Evans


Principal Research Fellow - Association for Dementia Studies

Association for Dementia Studies

Contact Details

email: simon.evans@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 54 2511

Dr Simon Evans is a Principal Research Fellow with the Association for Dementia Studies. Simon has developed a portfolio of dementia research projects that spans a wide range of topics including housing, health, social care, the arts, assistive technology, care homes, and communities. His role includes applying for research funding, project management and ensuring that research findings are disseminated to key audiences. He also has a strong interest in research methods and ethics.

Simon was awarded a BSc in Psychology in 1980 and worked in the NHS as an administrator and then a researcher, moving to academia in 2001. After a brief spell at the University of Bath he moved to the University of the West of England in 2003 (where he achieved a PhD in 2010) and joined the Association for Dementia Studies in 2011.


  • PhD (DPhil. 2010), User involvement in research, University of the West of England, Department of Health and Applied Social Sciences.
  • BSc hons (1980), Psychology. University of Lancaster  

Research, Teaching and Knowledge Transfer


Simon has over 20 years’ experience as a researcher and a substantial record of research income and project management across health, housing and social care. Much of his dementia research has focused on extra care housing, care homes, connecting with nature and dementia-friendly design.

He is currently involved in a range of projects including:

His previous projects include:


Simon has supported several PhD students to completion of their Doctorates.

He is currently Director of Studies for Becky Oatley, who is undertaking a PhD exploring how women living with dementia engage with sporting reminiscence activities. University of Worcester 2017-2021. 

Knowledge Transfer;

Simon is committed to maximising the benefit and impact from his research by targeting findings to diverse audiences – academic, practitioner, policy makers, commissioners and the wider public.

Professional bodies and experience

Professional Memberships 

His Professional Memberships include The British Society of Gerontology

Publications and Dissemination

Peer reviewed journal articles 

Johnson, E. K., Cameron, A., Lloyd, L., Evans, S., Darton, R., Smith, R., Atkinson, T. and Porteus, J. (2020) “Ageing in extra-care housing: preparation, persistence and self-management at the boundary between the third and fourth age,” Ageing and Society. Cambridge University Press, 40(12), pp. 2711–2731. doi: 10.1017/S0144686X19000849.

Evans SC, Atkinson T, Cameron A, et al. Can extra care housing support the changing needs of older people living with dementia? Dementia. 2020;19(5):1492-1508. doi:10.1177/1471301218801743

Barrett, J., Evans, S. and Pritchard-Wilkes, V. (2020), "Understanding and supporting safe walking with purpose among people living with dementia in extra care, retirement and domestic housing", Housing, Care and Support, Vol. 23 No. 2, pp. 37-48. https://doi.org/10.1108/HCS-03-2020-0004

Katarzyna Małgorzata Lion, Dorota Szcześniak, Katarzyna Bulińska, Justyna Mazurek, Shirley B. Evans, Simon C. Evans, Francesca Lea Saibene, Alessia d’Arma, Claudia Scorolli, Elisabetta Farina, Dawn Brooker, Rabih Chattat, Franka J. M. Meiland, Rose-Marie Dröes, Joanna Rymaszewska. (2021) Does the Meeting Centre Support Programme decrease the experience of stigmatisation among people with cognitive deficits?. Aging & Mental Health 25:1, pages 160-169.

Cameron, A., Johnson, E.K. and Evans, S. (2020), "Older people's perspectives on living in integrated housing and care settings: the case of extra care housing", Journal of Integrated Care, Vol. 28 No. 3, pp. 281-290. https://doi.org/10.1108/JICA-09-2019-0040

Cameron, A, Johnson, EK, Evans, S, et al. ‘You have got to stick to your times’: Care workers and managers’ experiences of working in extra care housing. Health Soc Care Community. 2020; 28: 396– 403. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12871

Shirley Evans, Simon Evans, Dawn Brooker, Cate Henderson, Dorota Szcześniak, Teresa Atkinson, Jennifer Bray, Rehill Amritpal, Francesca Lea Saibene, Alessia d’Arma, Claudia Scorolli, Rabih Chattat, Elisabetta Farina, Katarzyna Urbańska, Joanna Rymaszewska, Franka Meiland & Rose-Marie Dröes (2020) The impact of the implementation of the Dutch combined Meeting Centres Support Programme for family caregivers of people with dementia in Italy, Poland and UK, Aging & Mental Health, 24:2, 280-290, DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2018.1544207

Barrett, J., Evans, S. and Mapes, N. (2019), "Green dementia care in accommodation and care settings: a literature review", Housing, Care and Support, Vol. 22 No. 4, pp. 193-206. https://doi.org/10.1108

Evans, Simon; Garabedian, Claire; Bray, Jennifer; Gray, Karen (2019). Mentoring and peer support as facilitators of arts-based practice in care homes. Journal of Applied Arts & Health, Volume 10, Number 2, 1 July 2019, pp. 169-184(16)

Evans, Simon Chester, Garabedian, Claire, Bray, Jennifer and Gray, Karen (2019), ‘Challenges and enablers for creative arts practice in care homes’,Journal of Applied Arts & Health, 10:3, pp. 333–45, doi: https://doi.org/10.1386/jaah_00005_1

Evans SC, Garabedian C, Bray J. ‘Now He Sings’. The My Musical Memories Reminiscence Programme: Personalised Interactive Reminiscence Sessions for People Living with Dementia. Dementia. 2019;18(3):1181-1198. doi:10.1177/1471301217710531

Evans, S.C., Barrett, J., Mapes, N., Hennell, J., Atkinson, T., Bray, J., Garabedian, C. and Russell, C. (2019), "Connections with nature for people living with dementia", Working with Older People, Vol. 23 No. 3, pp. 142-151. https://doi.org/10.1108/WWOP-01-2019-0003

Evans S, Waller S, Bray J, Atkinson T. Making Homes More Dementia-Friendly through the Use of Aids and Adaptations. Healthcare. 2019; 7(1):43.

Cameron A, Johnson AK, Lloyd L, Evans S, Smith R, Porteus J, Darton R & Atkinson T (2019) Using longitudinal qualitative research to explore extra care housing, International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 14:1, DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2019.1593038

Brooker, D, Evans, S, Evans, S, et al. Evaluation of the implementation of the Meeting Centres Support Program in Italy, Poland, and the UK; exploration of the effects on people with dementia. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2018; 33: 883– 892. https://doi.org/10.1002/gps.4865

Gray K, Evans SC, Griffiths A, Schneider J. Critical reflections on methodological challenge in arts and dementia evaluation and research. Dementia. 2018;17(6):775-784. doi:10.1177/1471301217734478

Smith R, Darton R, Cameron A, Johnson E, Lloyd L, Evans S, Atkinson T, Porteus J. (2017) Outcomes-based Commissioning for Social Care in Extra Care Housing: is There a Future? Housing Care and Support, 20 (2). pp. 60-70. ISSN 1460-8790 Online: 2042-8375;

Evans, S., Atkinson, T., Darton, R., Cameron, A., Netten, A., Smith, R. and Porteus, J. (2017), "A community hub approach to older people’s housing", Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 20-32. https://doi.org/10.1108/QAOA-02-2015-0008


Evans, S., (2018). Ageism and dementia. In A. Ayalon & C. Tesch-Romer (Eds), Contemporary perspectives on ageism (pp. 263–275). Open Access: Springer. Retrieved from https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-73820-8 

Research Report

Alzheimer's Disease International (2020) World Alzheimer Report 2020: Design, Dignity, Dementia: dementia-related design and the built environment volume 1 (Evans, S., Waller, S., Atkinson, T.)

Simon Evans, Jennifer Bray, Teresa Atkinson, Mike Rogerson, Melanie Pearson (2020). Dementia Adventure in a Box: Final Evaluation Report. University of Worcester. https://www.worcester.ac.uk/documents/Dementia-Adventure-in-a-Box-Evaluation-Final-Report-Final-Version-for-website.pdf

Simon Evans and Jennifer Bray (2019). Evaluating the Creative Ageing Pop-Up Programmes: Annual Report for 2018/19 and Final Report. University of Worcester.

Julie Barrett and Simon Evans (2019). All those who wander are not lost:Walking with purpose in Extra Care, Retirement and Domestic Housing. Housing and Dementia Research Consortium, University of Worcester.

Simon Evans, Jennifer Bray, Sarah Waller, Teresa Atkinson (2019). An independent evaluation of the Dementia Dwelling Grants pilot programme. University of Worcester. https://www.worcester.ac.uk/documents/DDG-Evaluation-Final-Report-approved.pdf

Ailsa Cameron, Randall Smith, Liz Lloyd, Eleanor Johnson, Simon Evans, Teresa Atkinson, Robin Darton, Jeremy Porteus (2018). The Provision of Social Care in Extra Care Housing. NIHR School for Social Care Research. https://www.worcester.ac.uk/documents/Provision-of-social-care-in-extra-care-housing-the-ECHO-study.pdf

Julie Barrett, Jennifer Bray, Simon Evans (2018). Pilot study summary report, Feb 2018 Green dementia care in accommodation and care settings – opportunities, barriers and good practice. University of Worcester. https://www.worcester.ac.uk/documents/hdrc-green-dementia-care-summary-housinglin.pdf

Claire Garabedian and Simon Evans (2017). An Independent Evaluation of the ‘Making of Me’ Mentoring Programme in Care Homes across three Creative Art Forms. University of Worcester. 

Simon Evans, Claire Garabedian, Dawn  Brooker, Jennifer Bray, Heather Yemm, Nicola Jacobson (2015). My Musical Memories Reminiscence Programme: an independent evaluation. University of Worcester.

Jennifer Bray, Simon Evans, Dawn Brooker (2015). The Alzheimer’s Society Connecting Communities Project: External Evaluation. University of Worcester. https://www.worcester.ac.uk/documents/Connecting-Communtities-Project-External-Evaluation-Final-Report.pdf

Dawn Brooker, Isabelle Latham, Nicola Jacobson, Wendy Perry & Simon Evans (2014). “FITS into Practice” Developing Dementia Specialist Care Homes. University of Worcester. https://www.worcester.ac.uk/documents/FITS-into-Practice-Evaluation-Summary-final.pdf

Shirley Evans, Jennifer Bray, Simon Evans (2015). Scoping and evaluating the use of iPads for people with dementia living in care homes. University of Worcester. https://www.worcester.ac.uk/documents/iPads-Anchor.pdf

Isabelle Latham, Teresa Atkinson, Jennifer Bray, Simon Evans, Victoria Elliot (2015). Evaluation of the My Home Life Admiral Nurse Role in the Orders of St John Care Trust. University of Worcester. https://www.worcester.ac.uk/documents/Admiral-Nurse-Evaluation-Final.pdf

Simon Evans, Teresa Whitehurst, Robin Darton, Ann Netten, Theresia Bäumker, Jeremy Porteus, Rachael Dutton, Ailsa Cameron, Randall Smith (2014). Adult Social Care Environments and Settings. NIHR School for Social Care Research. https://www.sscr.nihr.ac.uk/projects/p34/

Dawn Brooker, Simon Evans, Jennifer Bray (2013). Alcove: Sharing knowledge to advance healthcare policies in Europe for people living with dementia and their carers. University of Worcester. https://www.worcester.ac.uk/documents/ALCOVE.pdf

Karen Croucher, Mark Bevan, Anthea Innes, Simon Evans, Anna Clarke, Julie Barrett, Sarah Buchanan (2014). Best practice in social care and support for adults with concurrent sight loss and dementia within different housing settings. NIHR School for Social Care Research.https://www.sscr.nihr.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/SSCR-research-findings_RF045.pdf


Evans, S.C. Enhancing the evidence base for person-centred dementia care. UoW Research Seminar Series (online)


Evans, S.C. and Depledge, V. Recognising the value of connecting with nature for people living with dementia. UK Dementia Congress (video presentation)


Evans, S.C., Meeting Centres: The go to place for family carers. Family Care Symposium, University of Worcester

Evans, S.C., The role of mentoring and peer support for creative artists working in care settings. British Society of Gerontology Conference, Liverpool

Evans, S.C., Panel debate on the role of intergenerational housing for older people (panel member). Housing21 Annual Conference, Birmingham


Evans, S.C., Living with dementia in extra care housing. HousingLIN Annual Conference, London

Evans, S.C., Green Dementia Care: Exploring the salutogenic effects of nature in housing with care settings. BSG 47th Annual Conference: Ageing in an Unequal World - Shaping Environments for the 21st Century, Manchester

Evans, S.C., The future of extra care housing. ECHO Conference, Bristol

Evans, S.C., Walking with Purpose with dementia. Housing & Care 21: Age-friendly housing and communities conference, Birmingham

Evans, S.C. & Atkinson, T., Innovative housing for later life or the new residential care? Exploring the future of extra care housing (ECHO). BSG 47th Annual Conference: Ageing in an Unequal World - Shaping Environments for the 21st Century, Manchester


Brooker, D. & Evans, S.C., An International Evaluation of the Meeting Centre Support Programme for people with dementia and their family carers. The British Society of Gerontology 46th Annual Conference: Do not go gentle - Gerontology and a good age, Swansea

Evans, S.C., MeetingDEM - working in partnership to develop evidence-based services. Alzheimer's Society Research Conference, Bristol

Evans, S.C., Extra Care Housing: past, present and future.. The British Society of Gerontology 46th Annual Conference: Do not go gentle - Gerontology and a good age, Swansea

Evans, S.C., Effectiveness of the Meeting Centre Support Programme in Italy, Poland and the UK. The British Society of Gerontology 46th Annual Conference: Do not go gentle - Gerontology and a good age, Swansea

Evans, S.C., Housing and dementia research. Housing & Care 21: The future of older people's housing conference, Birmingham

External Responsibilities

Simon sits on a range of University committees including the College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences Research Committee, and the University Ethics Committee