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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
Associate Director in the Centre for Medical Humanities
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 48144
Room number: CA128, Caedmon Building, Leazes Road, Durham, DH1 1SZ
Fax: 3341801

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Research Groups

Department of Geography

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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

Chapter in book

  • Hunt, R. & Atkinson, S. (2019). GeoHumanities and Health. In GeoHumanities and Health. Atkinson, S. & Hunt, R. Springer. 1-28.
  • Atkinson, S. (2019). Wellbeing and the Wild, Blue 21st-Century Citizen. In Blue Space, Health and Wellbeing: Hydrophilia Unbounded. Foley, R., Kearns, R., Kistemann, T. & Wheeler, B. Abingdon, Oxon: Taylor & Francis. 190-204.
  • Atkinson, S. (2018). Resilience. In Critical Transitions: Genealogies and Trajectories of Change. Botha, M. & Waugh, P. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Atkinson, S. (2017). Mixing and fixing: managing and imagining the body in a global world. In Global health and Geographical Imaginaries. Herrick, C. & Reubi, D. London: Routledge. 54-71.
  • Atkinson, S. (2016). Care, kidneys and clones: the distance of space, time and imagination. In The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities. Whitehead, A., Woods, A., Atkinson, S., Macnaughton, J. & Richards, J. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 611-626.
  • Atkinson, S. (2016). Health and Wellbeing. In The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. Richardson, D., Castree, N., Goodchild, M., Weidong, L., Kobayashi, A. & Marston, R. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell/AAG.
  • Atkinson, S & Vaguet, A. (2011). La Mondialisation à la Loupe des Géographes de la Santé. In Santé et Géographie: Nouveaux Regards. Fleuret, S. & Hoyez, A. Economica, Paris. 15-37.

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Selected Grants

  • 2015: Bringing wellbeing to community (£87250.40 from ESRC)