Nottingham Health Humanities

Health Humanities (HH) is a new Research Priority Area (RPA) for the University of Nottingham, co-directed by Professor Paul Crawford and Dr Anna Greenwood. Supported by Sue Hopcroft, Research and Business Development Officer for the Arts at the Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS), the RPA brings together established and enthusiastic researchers involved in more than £6m interdisciplinary research funded by prestigious funding bodies into how applied arts and humanities can inform and transform healthcare and enhance physical and mental health and well-being.

The Health Humanities RPA networks with eminent scholars from both the United Kingdom and an international group of world-leading academics and practitioners who are investigating how the arts and humanities can provide new opportunities for sustaining the health and well-being of diverse populations.

The RPA already has several early-career researchers on its Associate Membership list alongside established national and international researchers on its Core Membership list.

Health Humanities at the University of Nottingham

  • Is the first and leading major body in the UK dedicated to the new and fast-developing field of the health humanities
  • Offers a flagship of diverse partnership between academic, clinical, third sector and community-based organisations or groups.
  • Brings together the University's world class research capability in applied social sciences, arts, and humanities in healthcare, health and well-being, with links to the AHRC-funded International Health Humanities Network, Social Futures in Mental Health, the new Centre of Excellence at the Institute of Mental Health and numerous major national and international partnerships.
  • Utilises existing networks in applied social sciences, arts, and humanities in healthcare and related websites and outreach, not least to facilitate public access to research with the aim of improving health and well-being within the NHS and for the public and increasing research impact for the University.
  • Incorporates the necessary expertise in theoretical development and methodological innovation to ensure Nottingham's pre-eminence in external assessments of research quality.
  • Provides a focus for the development of academic and professional expertise in this area through the provision of cutting edge, high quality postgraduate education.


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