Centre for Research in Human Flourishing (CRHF)
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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.

CRHF news

Government advice on mental health and behaviour in schools: Where is the evidence?

New research from Professor Roisin Corcoran
13 December 2018

Phonics 'first and fast'… but at what cost?

Blog post from MA Special and Inclusive Education graduate
01 November 2018

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Stephen Joseph's blog

CRHF events

Educating about Genocide: Remembering the Pink Triangle Prisoners of Sachsenhausen

25 January 2019 (12:30-13:30)
Jubilee Campus, LT1 Exchange Building
An event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Understanding the sensory needs of your autistic pupils and how access to learning can be dependent on environment

06 February 2019 (16:30-18:30)
B40, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
Part of The University of Nottingham SEN and Disabilities seminar series.

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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