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Paul Crawford

Professor Paul Crawford is the world’s first Professor of Health Humanities. He is Director of both Nottingham Health Humanities and the Centre for Social Futures at the Institute of Mental Health - spearheading research into social and cultural aspects of mental health. He also directs both the AHRC-funded Madness and Literature Network and International Health Humanities Network which advance the application of arts and humanities to enhance social capital, health and well-being. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Professorial Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health and has held Visiting Professorships in Norway, Taiwan and Australia, where he has contributed to programmes on health humanities, trans-disciplinary research, health discourse and society. In 2008 he was awarded a Lord Dearing Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. In 2013 he was elected as an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences for his work in advancing health language research.

Professor Crawford regularly gives keynote and plenary lectures at international conferences and has written over 100 publications including several books, including: Communicating Care (Nelson Thornes, 1998); Nothing Purple, Nothing Black (The Book Guild, 2002; Mad Hatter Books, 2013); Politics and History in William Golding (University of Missouri, 2003); Evidence Based Research (Open University Press, 2003), which was Highly Commended in the BMA Book Competition for 2004; Storytelling in Therapy (Nelson Thornes, 2004); Evidence Based Health Communication (Open University Press, 2006); Communication in Clinical Settings (Nelson Thornes, 2006); Madness in Post-1945 British and American Fiction (Palgrave, 2010). He has been commissioned to co-write Disabilities and Literature (Routledge) and Health Humanities (Palgrave). His major, critical work on the novelist William Golding was reviewed in the TLS and led to reprinted chapters in the prestigious Bloom’s Guides (2004; 2008) and a commissioned entry on Golding in The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature (Oxford University Press, 2006). Crawford has written articles for national and regional newspapers and magazines. His acclaimed novel about mental illness, Nothing Purple, Nothing Black, resulted in various interviews in national media and an option for film by the British film producer, Jack Emery (The Drama House, London/ Florida). He has appeared on BBC Radio 2 (Walker), Today Programme and Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4, BBC 5 Live (Mayo), BBC Wales, BBC Mundo and various regional BBC programmes. His second novel, Hair of the Dog, will be published in 2014.

Professor Crawford has been PI or CI on various prestigious Research Council or major charity grants (The British Academy, AHRC, ESRC and The Leverhulme Trust). These include PI on a new cross-disciplinary £1.5m large programme grant from AHRC/ RCUK Connected Communities (2013-18) to investigate Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery for Mental Health and Well-Being.

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