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Well-being and the Arts

The Well-being and the Arts strand draws together researchers from various disciplines (including art, design, performance, photography, literature and history) who are interested in the contribution creative subjects can make to the understanding and promotion of health, well-being and inclusion.

Theme overview

The theme, led by  Professor Louise Moody, seeks to:

  • Take a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing health, well-being and inclusion
  • Employ creative practice to explore, understand, communicate and promote well-being
  • Develop new interventions and solutions that address the needs of users and stakeholders
  • Embed co-creation and participatory approaches

In addressing well-being, health and inclusion issues, our research includes:

  • Exploration and representation of individual and collective experiences to increase understanding, empathy and improve public awareness
  • Developing and enhancing health and well-being communication and information promotion
  • The design and evaluation of products, experiences, services, systems and spaces to improve well-being and inclusion
  • Creative practice as an individual or community intervention that can support well-being

The theme offers the following research capabilities:

  • Qualitative and creative approaches to data collection and analysis
  • Co-creation, participatory and collaborative approaches
  • Design and development processes
  • User-centred testing and evaluation

Related projects


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Designing communication for Newborn Screening

In 2008/9 our research aimed to inform a proposed UK pilot of an expanded newborn screening service.


AccessCULT seeks to improve the accessibility of cultural heritage across Europe through the exchange of good practice.

Events and activities

 Queen’s Award for Enterprise Logo
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2023