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Josie Dixon

Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science

Josie Dixon

Josie’s research focuses on ageing and care, particularly end-of-life care, dementia care, and social/ long-term care for older people. Areas of research interest include inequalities, personalisation and activation, relational aspects of care, and organisational and resource factors in care provision.

Primarily a qualitative specialist, Josie is statistically trained and able to work across a range of methods. She has specific skills in the use of integrated mixed methods, theory of change approaches, the design and evaluation of complex interventions, and the conduct of sensitive research. Josie teaches qualitative methods and research ethics.

In previous roles, Josie has directed government and other nationally commissioned qualitative and mixed-method research projects (up to value £3 million+) and worked with local leaders to improve strategic planning and service provision (through consultancy, research, value for money assessment, and inspection).

Josie holds an MSc Social Research Methods (distinction, LSE) and a BSc Econ Government (first class honours, LSE). She is currently completing a PhD by papers.


Countries UK; United States;
Topics Care inequalities; COVID-19 and other infectious diseases and LTC; Dementia care and support; End-of-life care and LTC; Financing LTC; Infection prevention; New models of care; Rights and people’s voices in LTC systems;
Methods Comparative policy analysis; Literature reviews and synthesis; Mixed methods; Policy analysis; Qualitative studies; Research ethics; Theory and frameworks; Theory of Change;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Strengthening Responses to Dementia;
Key publications

Dixon, J., Lorenz-Dant, K., Stubbs, E. et al. Registered care home managers’ experiences of responding to the national care home visiting guidance in England during the Covid-19 pandemic; a multi-method qualitative study. BMC Geriatr 23, 236 (2023).

Dixon, J., Exley, J., Wistow, G., Wittenberg, R., Knapp, M., & Mays, N. (2022). The sociocultural framing of public attitudes to sharing the costs of social care for older people in England. Health & Social Care in the Community, 30, e5270–e5280.

Dixon, J, Trathen, A, Wittenberg, R, Mays, N, Wistow, G, Knapp, M. Funding and planning for social care in later life: a deliberative focus group study. Health Soc Care Community. 2019; 27: e687–e696.