Arts, Society and Public Health: An Exploration of the Major UK Cohort Studies (360G-Wellcome-205407_Z_16_Z)


This fellowship will explore the impact of arts and cultural engagement on health and wellbeing at a population level, using the outstanding longitudinal cohort data that have been collected in the UK. Research will examine the effects of (i) cultural engagement (e.g. attending concerts/museums/galleries/cinemas/theatre); (ii) active arts participation (e.g. music/dance/crafts/drama); (iii) passive arts consumption (e.g. music listening/watching TV/reading) on: Diagnosed mental health conditions, self-reported mental health and wellbeing Diagnosed physical health conditions, self-reported health and somatic symptoms (such as pain) Physiological measures (e.g. stress hormones/inflammation/lung function/cardiovascular measures) Cognitive measures (e.g. memory/mood/reasoning) Psychosocial measures (e.g. self-esteem/social support/quality of life/life satisfaction) A key focus will be on how different populations within society, including people of varying ages, socioeconomic status, ethnicities and education attainment, might be differently affected. In order to maximise the impact of this research on society, there will be a four-pronged engagement programme, including: Peer-reviewed papers and conference presentations aimed at academics Presentations at industry conferences for cultural organisations to explain the implications of findings for practice Reports and meetings with stakeholders in public health, politics and commissioning to explore the implications for policy A suite of activities to raise awareness amongst the public of the effects of arts engagement.

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Grant Details

Amount Awarded 241889
Applicant Surname Fancourt
Approval Committee Social Science and Bioethics Interview Committee
Award Date 2017-01-24T00:00:00+00:00
Financial Year 2016/17
Grant Programme: Title Research Fellowship in H&SS
Internal ID 205407/Z/16/Z
Lead Applicant Dr Daisy Fancourt
Partnership Value 241889
Planned Dates: End Date 2022-03-14T00:00:00+00:00
Planned Dates: Start Date 2017-08-14T00:00:00+00:00
Recipient Org: Country United Kingdom
Region Greater London
Sponsor(s) Prof Andrew Steptoe