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The contribution of the arts and humanities to improving healthcare and wellbeing is increasingly recognised by policymakers worldwide.  Health Humanities at The University of Nottingham is the UK flagship in this fast-developing field.

Our research

Our cutting-edge research and model for partnerships between academic, clinical, third sector and community organisations has a national and global profile. 

Health Humanities bridges the faculties of Arts, Social Sciences, Engineering, Medicine and Health. Our world-leading programme of research and scholarship influences policy debate in the UK, increasing understanding of  the relationship between language, literary representation, philosophy, theology, history, the built environment, visual and performing arts with healthcare, health and wellbeing.

Our arts-based research critically examines the influence of creative practices such as yoga, clay modelling, photography and music on mental health recovery in community settings, and involves prominent partners in the US, Spain, China and Norway.

Nottingham has also pioneered linguistic studies into the influence of language on healthcare in areas such as cleanliness, probiotics, nutrition, psychiatry and anorexia.

Scholars from many other disciplines across the University also contribute to Health Humanities, for example:

  • Medicine – wartime trauma
  • Philosophy – the concept of wellbeing and its relationship to health
  • Computer Science – eSystems and psychotherapy
  • Health Sciences – madness and literature
  • English – how experience of epidemics informs the future

Our impact

Health Humanities is increasingly valued as we seek holistic and more inclusive approaches to health and wellbeing. As policymakers strive to build heathier societies, Nottingham can demonstrate real impact and relevance through our partnerships and knowledge transfer with the community, widespread educational activities and the influence of our research.

Our University

Nottingham is a world-leader in Health Humanities, not least due to our multidisciplinary strengths. Our long-standing relationships with health professionals, carers, self-carers and the public further enrich our research. We are building on our diverse partnerships and will extend our international reach by seeking wider collaborations with EU countries, the US and China.

Research Centres, Groups and Institutes


World-class research at the University of Nottingham

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