Centre aims

The Centre aims to consider how the dynamics of public engagement and engaged research feed back into, inform and refine our vision, aims and objectives; and how public engagement speaks directly to, and grounds, the public dimension of 'healthy publics’

Publicly engaged research

Co-creating publicly engaged research is fundamental to the Centre’s mission to create and sustain cultures and environments that enable health across the life course.

Publicly engaged research provides a platform for Centre staff to stimulate and inform public debate about cultural and environmental contexts of health and incorporate the perspectives of different publics in co-creating research projects and outputs. In order to promote new pathways of care and create the conditions for the health and well-being of future generations, we are particularly keen to engage with young people, those from economically disadvantaged communities, and the elderly and their carers.

The Centre aims to consider how the dynamics of public engagement and engaged research feed back into, inform and refine our vision, aims and objectives; and how public engagement speaks directly to, and grounds, the public dimension of 'healthy publics’.

The Centre will:

  • Develop creative ways of exploring and sharing ideas and engaging diverse publics with research
  • Foster sustainable relationships with schools, health-care charities, patient groups, libraries, museums, arts and heritage organisations, and wider communities
  • Provide training, resources and recognition for Centre staff to develop expertise and
  • experience in public engagement and engaged research
  • Provide seed funding to support PE activities, public engagement in research, research about the dynamics and theories of engagement
  • Evaluate PE strategies and activities to facilitate learning and share best practice within and beyond the University

Rachel Purtell is our Critical Friend and is helping us to reflect on whether and how we are meeting our overall aims and objectives.

Rachel’s role, in particular, is to:

  • Help the Centre to think about different ways of achieving its aims and objectives with respect to engaged research and public engagement;
  • Bring in experience and ideas from other areas and organisations;
  • Promote critical thinking within the Centre about our relationship with diverse public partners.

We will offer Research Support Funding for engaged research and public engagement activities that aim to contribute to and help us to realise our vision, aims and objects. In addition, we are especially keen to accredit non-academics with whom we co-create research, through an associate membership scheme.

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