Dr Robyn Dowlen

Dr Robyn Dowlen


I am a postdoctoral researcher based in the Centre for Cultural Value. My role within the centre is to conduct extensive and ongoing scoping of research and practice relating to cultural value. My area of focus in the first year of the post is in the area of arts and health.

Before coming to the University of Leeds, I worked on the ESRC/NIHR funded ‘Neighbourhoods and Dementia’ study at the University of Manchester. In my role on this project, I worked with a group of people living with dementia in developing an animation based on their experiences of the changing nature of their neighbourhoods.

My PhD research (2015-2018) focussed on developing a framework for understanding the ‘in the moment’ embodied and sensory experiences of people living with dementia when they engage with music. This research was an ESRC funded CASE studentship where I worked with Manchester Camerata as an industry partner.

I am the vice-chair of the British Society of Gerontology’s Creative Ageing Special Interest Group which is a vibrant community of interest in the field of creative ageing which is cross-disciplinary and international.

Research interests

  • Cultural value
  • Arts and health
  • Music with people living with dementia
  • Creative ageing
  • Positive psychology, creativity and flourishing 
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  • PhD Dementia Studies
  • MRes Psychology
  • BSc Psychology with Professional Placement

Professional memberships

  • British Society of Gerontology