Research grant funding
2010 - 2012: PI, ESRC-funded study (£248,000):
The social process of everyday decision-making by people with dementia and their spouses
(with University of Sheffield).
2010 - 2011: CI, study funded by Policy Research Programme, Dept. of Health (£225,000):
National study of Mental Capacity Act Best Interests Decision-making
(with University of Bristol and the Mental Health Foundation).
Note: My recent publications are available free (via open access) at Open Research Online:
Critical perspectives on disability; relational agency and disability; gender and dementia/disability; health and social care and human rights; mental capacity law and decision-making in dementia; health and social care policy; health inequalities; long-term conditions, independent living and quality of life; creative methods; research ethics.
Membership of Professional/Healthcare Networks:
National Mental Capacity Forum;
Socio-Legal Studies Association;
Healthwatch Milton Keynes.
European Editor, Health and Social Care in the Community;
ESRC Peer Review College;
NHS Research Ethics Committee (Yorkshire);
Editorial Board for the Journal: Disability and Society.
British Sociological Association Study Groups on
(i) Disability (ii) Families and Relationships;
Gender Research Network (OU).
Postgrad. Cert. in Higher Education Practice;
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
MSc in Advancing Healthcare Practice
Doctorate in Health and Social Care
K827: Leading healthcare improvements
k828: Researching and evaluating practice
K829: Transforming professional practice.
K101: Introduction to health and social care.
K236: Extending your contribution to healthcare practice.
K316: Exploring practice.
K319: Adulthood, ageing and the lifecourse.
MSc in Dementia Studies, University of Stirling (2015-2019).
Academic Advisor, Our Dementia Choir (2019)
Acaemic lead, linked public engagement events in Belfast and Cardiff (2019)
Open Learn Resources
1. People with dementia and meaning in music (2019):
2. Music, culture and dementia (2019):
Articles in professional journals and consultation responses
1. Boyle, G. (2013) Written evidence to the House of Lords Mental Capacity Act 2005 Select Committee, Evidence Volume 1, 20th December: http://www.parliament.uk/documents/Mental-Capacity-Act-2005/mental-capacity-act-2005-vol1.pdf
2. V. Williams, T. Williamson, Boyle, G. et al. (2013) Written evidence to the House of Lords Mental Capacity Act 2005 Select Committee, Evidence Volume 2, 20th December: http://www.parliament.uk/documents/Mental-Capacity-Act-2005/mental-capacity-act-2005-vol2.pdf
3. Williamson, T., Boyle, G. et al (2012) Listening to the lady in the bed: The Mental Capacity Act 2005 in practice for older people, Elder Law Journal, 2 (2), pp. 127-134.
4. Boyle G., Williams V. et al (2012) Making best interests decisions – are professionals getting it right?, Journal of Dementia Care, Nov/Dec, 19-21.
Making decisions when you or someone you know has dementia
(this project was funded by the ESRC):
You can watch a short film here which aims to help people with memory problems make decisions on a daily basis. It also aims to raise awareness among the public of the decision-making abilities of people with dementia. To view the video, click on the link on the right-hand side of this screen.
You can read a handbook which provides advice to people with memory problems or dementia and their families about making decisions. Urdu and Polish versions are also provided.
Feel free to download and share these resources (e.g. with Wellbeing Cafes, community groups, memory clinics):
Handbook in English:
Handbook in Urdu:
Handbook in Polish:
English version of handbook for South Asian audience:
Univesity of Linkoping (Sweden) - Center for Dementia Research;
Founding Member of International Research Network on Citizenship and Dementia: