Centre for Research in Human Flourishing (CRHF)

The Centre for Research in Human Flourishing (CRHF) was established in 2015 to study the processes and outcomes of optimal functioning, with particular interests in well-being, human potential, agency and autonomy, mindfulness, character strengths, social behaviour and human systems.

The centre adopts an interdisciplinary approach to understanding adversity and the nature of social environments that inhibit human flourishing as well as those that best nurture its development. We are interested in how this knowledge can be applied to foster resilience, personal and professional growth and well-being in policy and practice. The CRHF is committed to education as personal growth and maximising the potential for people to thrive.

Centre for Research in Human Flourishing

Centre for Research in
Human Flourishing


At the heart of our activities is a humanising and compassionate approach towards identifying, developing and supporting the processes that enable human flourishing.

Our research aims to inform educators, leaders, counsellors and other helping professionals in education, social work and health services by influencing policy development, training and practice.

Professor Stephen Joseph
Centre Convenor

Centre staff and students work closely with the Nottingham-based Human Flourishing Project which provides therapy focused on personal growth and development and with the Nottinghamshire NHS Trust's Centre for Trauma. Resilience and Growth.

CRHF news

School of Education ranked in the top five in the UK

New Complete University Guide by Subject 2023 league tables
14 June 2022

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils and mental wellbeing

Dr Martin Myers writes chapter for new book - Mental Wellbeing in Schools: What Teachers Need to Know to Support Pupils from Diverse Backgrounds
24 May 2022

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Centre for Research in Human Flourishing

School of Education
University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

+44 (0)115 951 4543