About the Centre

World-leading research centre

The Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health is a world-leading research centre dedicated to providing innovative approaches to enabling health and well-being across the life course.

Combining expertise from humanities and social sciences, together with natural, medical and environmental sciences, the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health will provide a unique opportunity to work together to address health challenges facing socially and culturally diverse populations.

Our vision

Our vision is to create and sustain cultures and environments that enable health and well-being across the life course.

The trans-disciplinary vision for the Wellcome Centre will be realised through the co-location of scholars alongside external partners, including publics, policy-makers, practitioners, and national international health organisations. The Centre incorporates the WHO Collaborating Centre on Culture and Health, which works towards embedding a cultural perspective in health policy.

At the heart of the Centre’s vision is a commitment to publically engaged research that helps to create and sustain cultures and environments that enable health across the life course.

Our ethos

The Centre’s ethos is that effective responses to complex health issues require approaches that mobilize non-linear models of health and well-being, recognise the importance of subjective and collective experience, and synthesise approaches and insights from the humanities and social sciences with those from life sciences and medicine.

The Centre aims to:

(a) determine how individual and collective health and well-being are shaped by cultural contexts, environmental conditions and social relations;

(b) extend the evidence base for cross-sectoral policies and interventions that help to create and sustain ‘healthy publics’.

The Centre is funded by a £4.1 million grant from the Wellcome Trust, matched by a £3 million investment from the University of Exeter. The refurbished space for the new Centre will be completed in November 2017, with a launch planned for early in 2018.

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