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Durham University

Department of Geography

Staff Profile

Professor Sarah Atkinson, BA Anthropology, MSc Human Nutrition, PhD Anthropology

Professor in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41871
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: 408

(email at

Research Groups

Research Interests

  • Critical Medical Humanities
  • Spaces and practices of care of the body
  • Arts, health and wellbeing

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2015: Invited key-note speaker at the International Workshop: Medical humanities: Exploring advantages and disadvantages in an emerging interdisciplinary field, University of Lund, Sweden. :
  • 2014: Invited speaker: The rise of well-being in public health, WHO Copenhagen.:
  • 2014: Invited member: WHO international steering group, the cultural determinants of wellbeing, WHO Copenhagen:
  • 2014: Invited speaker, seminar series on Politics of Wellbeing:
  • 2014: Invited speaker: History, humanities and global health, WHO Geneva.:
  • 2014: Key-note speaker: Annual Conference of the Nordic Network for Health Research within Social Sciences (NNHSH), Helsinki, Finland:

Selected Publications

Journal Article

Edited book

Chapter in book

  • Atkinson, S Art Spaces. In: Andrews, G., Crooks, V., Pearce, J. & Messina. J. COVID-19 and Similar Futures: Geographical perspectives, issues and agendas. Springer; 2021.
  • Atkinson, S. Resilience. In: Botha, M. & Waugh, P. Future Theory: A Bloomsbury Handbook to Critical Concepts. London: Bloomsbury; 2021.
  • Hunt, R. & Atkinson, S. GeoHumanities and Health. In: Atkinson, S. & Hunt, R. GeoHumanities and Health. Springer; 2019:1-19.
  • Tan, M.K.B. & Atkinson, S. Multiplicity and Encounters of Cultures of Care in Advanced Ageing. In: Atkinson, S. & Hunt, R. Geohumanities and Health. Cham: Springer; 2019:241-259.
  • Atkinson, S. Wellbeing and the Wild, Blue 21st-Century Citizen. In: Foley, R., Kearns, R., Kistemann, T. & Wheeler, B. Blue Space, Health and Wellbeing: Hydrophilia Unbounded. Abingdon, Oxon: Taylor & Francis; 2019:190-204.
  • Atkinson, S. Mixing and fixing: managing and imagining the body in a global world. In: Herrick, C. & Reubi, D. Global health and Geographical Imaginaries. London: Routledge; 2017:54-71.
  • Atkinson, S. Care, kidneys and clones: the distance of space, time and imagination. In: Whitehead, A., Woods, A., Atkinson, S., Macnaughton, J. & Richards, J. The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press; 2016:611-626.
  • Atkinson, S. Health and Wellbeing. In: Richardson, D., Castree, N., Goodchild, M., Weidong, L., Kobayashi, A. & Marston, R. The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell/AAG; 2016.
  • Atkinson, S & Vaguet, A. La Mondialisation à la Loupe des Géographes de la Santé. In: Fleuret, S. & Hoyez, A. Santé et Géographie: Nouveaux Regards. Economica, Paris; 2011:15-37.

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Selected Grants

  • 2019: NIHR Applied Research Collaboration - North East and North Cumbria (£237609.00 from National Institute for Health Research)
  • 2015: Bringing wellbeing to community (£87250.40 from ESRC)