Dr Karen Gray


I joined the University of Leeds as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in September 2020. I work within the Centre for Cultural Value on a UKRI-funded project exploring the impacts of COVID-19 on the cultural industries, and implications for policy. I have previously held research posts at Brunel University London and the University of Winchester.

My recent PhD research examined the methodological challenges involved in evaluating arts-based activities for people living with dementia. It was funded through the Alzheimer’s Society’s TAnDem (Arts and Dementia) Doctoral Training Centre, and I gained my PhD in 2020 from the University of Worcester. I also have a first PhD in American Literature from the University of Cambridge.


  • Research Associate

Research interests

My research interests lie at the intersection between disciplines of arts, humanities and health. I am interested in developing greater understanding of how we research and evaluate the impacts and experience of being involved in all aspects of creativity and arts and cultural participation. 

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  • PhD (Health and Life Sciences), University of Worcester
  • PhD (Literature), University of Cambridge
  • BA (Hons) English Literature, University of Cambridge

Professional memberships

  • Royal Society for Public Health, Associate Member
  • INTERDEM Europe
  • British Society of Gerontology