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Welcome to the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

The Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing is Durham’s flagship interdisciplinary Institute tasked with delivering the Health@Durham Strategy. Established in 2001, we foster research relating to human health and wellbeing in both developed and developing countries from the individual to global scale.

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Interdisciplinary approaches

Our mission is to encourage and support high calibre interdisciplinary research to understand and address human health challenges.

We do this through our Challenge Academies. Each has been carefully built to address local and global unmet need in health-related issues. Closely aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, these Academies have the interdisciplinary approach unique to Durham University built in. In this way, each Academy can address major problems in health and wellbeing, but also be responsive to new challenges as they arise.

We help our Challenge Academies grow, fostering networking, identifying and assisting with funding opportunities, expanding their internationalisation and ensuring impact through clinical, industry or policy collaboration. This approach is central to our core ethos where our Academies address the beginning (identifying the correct question), the middle (understanding who the problem affects and how) and the end (how we can use this knowledge to create purpose built solutions that don’t just help some of the people some of the time but all of the people, all of the time).

Health at Durham

We're a collaboration of 44 specialist centres, academies and projects, with over 40 undergraduate courses and postgraduate programmes. Unbound from clinic, we frame health differently. Our vision for health is for people to thrive in the places they live. We embrace physical, mental, social and environmental health, envisioned as a synergy of self, beliefs, culture, family, community and planet.

Our Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes

Explore over 40 undergraduate and postgraduate courses. From research methods to neuroscience, biology to technologies and sustainability. 
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Explore Health at Durham

Discover more about what is taking place across our three interrelated frames of health. From individual health to communities and environments.
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The Institute conducts and facilitates interdisciplinary research on health and wellbeing across the University Faculties. We support a community of Fellows, Postgraduate Associates, Research Centres and projects across almost all of the University's departments and schools. In collaboration with our sister Institutes at Durham University, particularly the Biophysical Sciences Institute and the Institute for Medical Humanities, and our external partners such as the AHSN, NHSA and BioNow, we address Health related research in a 360° way, looking at all of the influences on our Health and Wellbeing, and how they interact with each other.

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WRIHW Fellow, Balbir Singh Dance Company (BSDC) has developed an exciting new partnership with Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing Fellow, Balbir Singh Dance Company (BSDC) has developed an exciting new partnership with Durham University (Artist in Resident, Hatfield college, 2023-2024).

New expectations for research: More impact and practical relevance

Global challenges, rapid change and complexity are creating new pressures on research and the role of the researcher.
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Find out more about the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing.

Wolfson Research Institute

Room 236

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

C/O Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience

South Road



Tel: + 44 (0) 191 334 0013