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.
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).
Everybody’s life and health are affected by environmental factors. Housing conditions, workplace, architecture, design and landscape constitute important individual and interdependent elements in that regard. To this we must add environmental factors such as global warming, extreme weather events and pollution, which have repercussions for the ways in which we think about architecture and housing.
This guest lecture series will approach the relationship between health, environment and architecture from various different angles - Please visit the Seminar Series Page for a full event listing.
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.
Durham University Biosciences MRes student working in the WRIHW Brain, Body and Behaviour Academy on the concussion programme, and Blaydon RFC player, Toni Robinson, says "rugby saved her" after an incredibly rare health condition overhauled her life, for this month’s Grass Roots inspirational feature in the World Rugby magazine.
Find out more about the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing.
Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing
C/O Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience
Tel: + 44 (0) 191 334 0013