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Dr Simon Read

Dr Simon Read

Research Associate

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 (0)29 206 88930
12.14, Eastgate House, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0AB


I'm a social scientist based in Cardiff University's School of Healthcare Sciences. My research interests are varied and include cultural influences on personal attitudes and behaviours, as well as how these relate to issues of ageing and the healthcare setting. Recent projects and publications have focused on the introduction of new clinical pathways for the treatment of glaucoma, adherence to medication for those with dementia, notions of a 'good' and 'bad' death, and the dignified care of older people in acute hospital wards and care homes.


I received my BA in Sociology from the University of York and followed that with an MA in the Sociology of Contemporary Culture, both from the Faculty of Social Sciences. This led me to research roles in Cardiff University initially on work exploring the Emergency Department as a research setting to gather knowledge on hate violence. Following that, I became involved with two long-term government-funded studies on ageing in the healthcare setting, including acute NHS wards as well as care homes, with a particular focus on issues of dignity and dignified care.

Themes emergent from these projects fed into my PhD which examined how cultural and social influences contribute to perceptions, attitudes and behaviours of healthcare staff. This adopted a mixed methods approach which included a national survey of NHS ward staff, as well as discourse analysis of cultural texts and semi-structured, qualitative interviewing.

On completion of my PhD, I am now in role within Cardiff University's School of Healthcare Sciences working on studies relating to ageing, glaucoma, degenerative conditions and behavioural aspects of medication adherence.

Honours and awards

  • Travel Award, International Glaucoma Association (2018) - To attend the Association of Research into Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii. There I presented a paper on glaucoma, dementia and adherence to eye drops.
  • PhD in Sociology, Cardiff University (2015) - Completed thesis 'The cultural representation of older people: Ageism and the NHS'
  • MA in Sociology of Contemporary Culture, University of York (2004)
  • BA 1st Class Honours in Sociology, University of York (2001)

Professional memberships

  • Member of Association of Research into Vision and Ophthalmology

Academic positions

  • 2015 - present: Research Associate, School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University
  • 2010 - 2012: Research Associate, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
  • 2009 - 2010: Research Assistant, Dental School, Cardiff University
  • 2008 - 2009: PGR Teacher, Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, University of Bristol

Speaking engagements

  • ARVO 2018, Honolulu, Hawaii (2018) - Paper presentation
  • Vision UK and UCL Sight Loss and Dementia Conference, Wellcome Trust, London (2018) - Paper presentation
  • Seeing Is Believing III, Royal College of Nursing, London, UK (2017) - Key note session












I have taught at undergraduate and masters level with a predominant focus on social research methods in the healthcare setting.

I'm currently working on the TRIAGE study which explores the potential of a new clinical pathway for the degenerative eye condition, glaucoma. This pathway will closely examine issues of medication adherence, including behavioural and structural barriers, aligning with some of my key research interests. This project has followed work exploring adherence for people with dementia, alongside dignity and organisational culture within the healthcare setting. I'm also interested in the influences of wider cultural forms on the attitudes of healthcare staff towards its service users, particularly older people.


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