Professor Julienne Meyer CBE is a registered nurse and qualified teacher who, prior to her retirement in September 2019, led Research and Development in Care for Older People at City, University of London for 23 years. In 2006, she co-founded My Home Life (www.myhomelife.org.uk), a collaborative initiative to promote quality of life in care homes for older people. My Home Life began as a small project to synthesise the literature on what older people value and what works in care homes. Since then, it has developed into a social movement for practice development in care homes that has spread across national and international borders. Since retirement, she has set up a charity to support the impact and spread of My Home Life across the globe.
Julienne has a worldwide reputation for expertise in action research, qualitative methods and aged care. She recently stepped down as Vice Chair of the Global Ageing Network and currently holds a Visiting Professorship with the University of Hertfordshire and Adjunct Professorships with the University of South Australia, Adelaide and Griffith University, Brisbane.
Her style of working is evidence-based, relationship-centred, appreciative, and action-oriented. She has worked in a variety of different settings (health, social care, and housing; general and mental health; primary, secondary and tertiary care) and across a number of traditional boundaries (public and private; policy and practice; research and education).
She is passionate about addressing inequalities not only for those who receive health and social care; but also, for those who provide it. In 2015, the Queen awarded her a CBE in recognition for her contribution to older people and nursing. More recently, the University of London named her as one of their 150 leading women (1868-2018).