Design for Health and Care
Programme Lead: Anna Mankee-Williams
The World Health Organisation states that health and wellbeing is not merely the absence of disease or infirmity but a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. They define mental health even further as a state of wellbeing in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.
We are all personally invested in health and wellbeing – it matters to us, our friends and families, our employers and our politicians and yet in the UK, health inequalities are increasing with the burden of disease and ill health having a disproportionate effect on those who are most vulnerable, our health and care systems are creaking and our common health behaviours are leading to common diseases that are causing 75% of deaths and disabilities.
There are many challenges and conundrums to explore and understand and as many opportunities to think differently, innovate, and co-design solutions. Never before has it been so important to value and optimise the bridge from the creative industries in to the health and wellbeing arena.
We welcome applications for PhD or MPhil that align with the Design for Health and Care programme.