Dr Simon Evans

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. 

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 was awarded 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  

Teaching Interests

Simon has supported 5 PhD students to completion of their Doctorates and is currently MPhil/PhD Course Leader for the School of Allied Health and Community.

Research Interests

  • Dementia;
  • Housing with Care – extra care housing, retirement villages;
  • Care homes;
  • Connecting with nature and green dementia care;
  • Creativity / the Arts;
  • Supportive Technology.

Professional bodies and experience

Professional Memberships 

His Professional Memberships include The British Society of Gerontology

Publications and Dissemination

Evans, S.C., Waller, S. and Bray, J. (2021), "Designing inclusive environments for people living with dementia: how much do we really know?", Working with Older People, online https://doi.org/10.1108/WWOP-09-2021-0049

Evans, S.C., Atkinson, T., Rogerson, M. and Bray, J. (2021), "Nature-based activities for people living with dementia: A nice day out or a matter of human rights?", Working with Older People, online https://doi.org/10.1108/WWOP-08-2021-0040

Henderson C, Rehill A, Brooker D, Evans SC et al. Costs and cost-effectiveness of the meeting centres support programme for people living with dementia and carers in Italy, Poland and the UK: The MEETINGDEM study. Health and Social Care in the Community. 2021;29:1756–1768.

Evans, S.C., Bray, J. and Garabedian, C. (2021), "Supporting creative ageing through the arts: the impacts and implementation of a creative arts programme for older people", Working with Older People. online https://doi.org/10.1108/WWOP-03-2021-0014

.Hendriks I, Demetrio R, Meiland FJM, Evans SC et al. (2021) Value of Personalized Dementia-Specific Quality of Life Scales: An Explorative Study in 3 European Countries. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias. January 2021. doi:10.1177/15333175211033721

Johnson, E., Cameron, A., Lloyd, L., Evans, S., Darton, R., Smith, R., . . . 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, 40(12), 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

Lion K, Szcześniak D, Bulińska K,J Mazurek, Evans SC et al. (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, E. K., Evans, S., Lloyd, L., Darton, R., Smith, R., Porteus, J. and Atkinson, T. (2020) “You have got to stick to your times’: care workers and managers’ experiences of working in extra care housing’, Health and Social Care in the Community, 28, 2, 396–403

Evans SB, Evans SC, Dawn Brooker et al. (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

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, 43. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare7010043

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 SC, Harrison-Dening K, Read K. Towards the end of life: An in-depth exploration of the role of Admiral Nursing in dementia care (Innovative practice). Dementia. 2018;17(2):244-251. doi:10.1177/1471301216636485