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About us

The goal of our health and wellbeing research is to positively influence the lives of individuals, families, communities and organisations, and to translate theory and research into effective policy and practice. Our vision is to carry out world-leading research that enriches individuals and communities to flourish. We are a hub for collaboration with colleagues across the University and with key external partners such as Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Health Education England and the Winchester Diocese.

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Who we are

Established in 2015, the Health and Wellbeing Research Group is led by Professor Simon Jobson, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. It is a multidisciplinary group of researchers interested in a variety of health and wellbeing research areas including wellbeing at work, faith-based networks, community wellbeing, arts for wellbeing; global health, nutrition, psychology and mental health, and sport, health and exercise.

The Health and Wellbeing Research Group comprises:

We also maintain close links with the University's Sport and Exercise Research Centre (SERC), in particular in the field of community health and wellbeing through exercise, and with the Healthy Lives research group in the Department of Psychology.

To find out more about faith-based networks and community wellbeing, contact Prof. Geoffrey Meads or Dr Amanda Lees.

What we believe

We believe that health and wellbeing are at the heart of what it is to flourish. We further believe that to maximise health and wellbeing, an inter- and multidisciplinary approach and understanding are required. We embrace the multiple perspectives that inform understandings of health and wellbeing that include, but are not limited to, clinical definitions, community and societal definitions, and world health perspectives.

Our research

We serve as a recognised source of empirical expertise and conceptual creativity for developments in wellbeing practices through:

  • identifying and addressing local, regional and national knowledge gaps in ways that enhance the activity of wellbeing agencies;
  • collaborations with key partners;
  • qualitative data capture and analysis methods that effectively support clinical and community developments in health interventions;
  • comparative and evaluative studies of exemplar projects (e.g. in faith-based social enterprises and arts practices);
  • transferable learning and joint publications and projects with international and UK-based associates.

Current Research and Knowledge Exchange projects

To find out about wellbeing at work research, contact Dr Rachel Locke.

Research seminar series

We run a regular research seminar series throughout the year. This focusses on research methods and also enables staff to disseminate their research among colleagues, research students and external partners. We also regularly invite external speakers, both practitioners and academics, to talk about their experiences in the field. For further information or if you are interested in presenting, please email Penelope Bates.

Postgraduate research supervision

We offer a wealth of postgraduate research opportunities within a supportive environment. Find out more about Research Degrees at Winchester.

Our Partners

Higher Education partners

The 'Culture, Sport and Wellbeing Evidence Review: Social Diversity and Context Matters' is a collaboration between the ESRC, the University of Brunel, The London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Winchester and the University of Brighton. Find out more HERE and HERE.

The Universities of Winchester and Southampton collaborate on the Dinosaur Study. For more information, contact Dr Amanda Lees. 

National and regional partners

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Through the Hampshire Collaboration for Health Research and Education, we work closely with the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Southampton Children’s Hospital

HaWRG and Southampton Children’s Hospital collaborate on the Wessex Healthier Together Project. To find out more, contact Dr Amanda Lees or Dr Christine Tapson.

Health Education England

HaWRG and HEE collaborate on a number of projects:

  • Doctors with Asperger’s
  • The influence of culture on medical trainees
  • How postgraduate doctors develop their clinical thinking

For more infomation, contact Dr Rachel Locke.

Centre for Social Work Practice

We work with the CSWP on the evaluation of reflective practice groups. 

Community partners

HaWRG's Prof. Geoffrey Meads works with the Winchester Diocese on community cohesion and diversity. He also works with Friends of the Family (evaluation), Winchester Basics Bank (user satisfaction study) and the English Community Hospital Association.


Meet the Health and Wellbeing Research Group teams

Health and Wellbeing research

Winchester Centre for Global Health

Hampshire Collaboration for Health Research and Education

Contact us

For general enquiries, email Penelope Bates, HAWRG Research Administrator.

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