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Dr Katherine Ludwin

PositionLecturer in Dementia Studies
DepartmentCentre for Applied Dementia Studies
Telephone01274 236455 / 07568 339026

Research Interests (key words only)

Qualitative research methods; heteronormativity; gender & sexuality theory; social location and dementia

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Module leadership – Undergraduate – Approaches to Dementia. Postgraduate – Evidence Based Practice


Before coming to work at the University of Bradford in 2010, Katherine worked in residential care settings and homeless services.

She holds an MA (distinction) in Social Research from the University of Leeds, and an ESRC-funded Sociology PhD from Birbeck College, University of London. Her thesis focused on heteronormativity and the life course, looking at how women negotiate expectations about what it means to live a ‘normal’ family life.  

Since 2010 Katherine has worked in dementia research, firstly on an ESRC-funded study concerned with decision-making by couples in which one partner has dementia, and secondly on an AHRC-funded study using participatory methods to co-produce short films alongside people living with dementia in residential care.

She is interested in ways in which the lived experience of dementia is marked by social location. 

Study History

  • PhD, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • MA Social Research Methods, University of Leeds
  • BA Social Policy, University of Bradford


Ludwin, K. and Capstick, A. (2015). ‘Using Participatory Video to Understand Diversity Among People with Dementia in Long-Term Care’. Journal of Psychological Issues in Organisational Culture. 5(4). 30-38.

Capstick, A. Chatwin, J. and Ludwin, K. (2014). ‘Challenging representations of dementia in contemporary Western fiction film: from epistemic injustice to social participation’. ‘Popularizing Dementia’ – public expressions and representations of forgetfulness. Aging Studies Thematic Volume. Fall/Winter 2014.

Boyle, G and Ludwin, K. (2012). ‘Decide for yourself? A guide to making decisions for people with memory problems or dementia and their families’. University of Bradford Centre for Applied Social Sciences.

Ludwin, K. (2009). ‘Book Review: Queer Inquiry and the Relevance of Sexuality’. European Journal of Women’s Studies. 16. 84-86.

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

  • Ludwin K and Capstick A, Morgan Centre Conference, Encountering the person in ‘person with dementia’. University of Manchester, July 2013.
  • Capstick A and Ludwin K, A Narrative Future for Healthcare, Cinemeducation and dementia: what ever became of representation theory? King's College, London, July 2013.
  • Ludwin, K. FEMCIT (Gendered Citizenship in Multicultural Europe) PhD course. ‘Negotiating Heteronormativities’. University of Warsaw, June 2009. 
  • Ludwin, K and Wilkinson, E. at the American Association of Geographers. ‘The Annual Festival of Homosexual Misery: Taking Pride in Gay Shame’. Boston, USA, April 2008.
  • Ludwin, K. Leeds Social Science Institute post-graduate seminar series. ‘Gay Shame and the Politics of Resistance’. University of Leeds, December 2007.

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