Ruth Bartlett

Dr Ruth  Bartlett

Dementia Research Programme | academic

Associate Professor
University of Southampton
University Road Southampton
SO17 1BJ
+44 (0)23 8059 5000

Dr Ruth Bartlett is an Associate Professor within Health Sciences, 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.

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

Ruth is an innovative methodologist with expertise in creative and participatory methods and working with members of the public and 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.

Ruth is co-editor of the journal Dementia: the international journal of social research and practice, with Dr Elaine Wiersma (Lakehead University).

She is an ESRC peer review college member, and mentor for the University of Southampton’s mentoring scheme.

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.