Josie Dixon

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Josie Dixon

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London School of Economics and Political Science


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Josie’s research focuses on ageing and care, particularly end-of-life care, dementia care, and social 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.

Research interests

Care homes



End of life

Social care

Research projects on COVID and Long-Term Care

Visit-id: a study of care home visiting arrangements during Covid-19, NIHR PRP-funded – 2020 – 2021

DETERMIND-C19: Impact of COVID-19 on people newly diagnosed with dementia and their family carers, a mixed method study nested in DETERMIND, UKRI-funded

Key publications

• Dixon J, Mays N, Trathen A, Knapp M, Wistow G, Wittenberg R. Funding and planning for social care in later life: a deliberative focus group study. Health and Social Care in the Community. 2019; 27, 5: e687-e696.

LTCCovid contributions

• Bauer A, Dixon J. The challenges of providing end-of-life support in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, and opportunities for the future: An international perspective. LTCovid: International Long-Term Care Policy Network