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The Lonely Campus

The Beacon project, Loneliness and Community, led to the development of the Lonely Campus report.   The Lonely Campus? An Exploration of Student Loneliness in UK Higher Education “Many students arrive at university with high expectations for sociability, friendship, and belonging. At the same time, however, there is extensive international evidence that many students feel […]


Mid-Life Conversations Is Published

We are pleased to announce that the outputs from 2018’s Mid-Life Conversations conference have been published. The collection, Mid-Life Conversations, is available to read online at the WCCEH website. Compiled and edited by Professor Mark Jackson and Dr Fred Cooper, the collection contains fifteen original pieces of writing – and an original cartoon! – about […]


Mid-Life Conversations

In September 2018, the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health held an interdisciplinary conference called “Midlife Conversations”. The conference brought together scholars from across many disciplines, including history, biology, literature, psychology, sociology, and film studies, along with artists and members of the public, to explore the concept of mid-life. The following publication has […]


EDI theatre project receives funding to explore LGBTQIA loneliness and histories

WCCEH is thrilled to announce that Dr Charlotte Jones and Dr Fred Cooper have been successful in obtaining funding from UK Research and Innovation’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for their EDI theatre engagement project. The Beat of Our Hearts – staging new histories of LGTBQIA loneliness is a new engagement project running in […]


Shame, Stigma and COVID-19

WCCEH are delighted to share that Luna Dolezal, Fred Cooper and Arthur Rose have received a UKRI-AHRC COVID Rapid Response Grant (AH/V013483/1) for a project called “Scenes of Shame and Stigma in COVID-19”.  This project will identify and investigate, through philosophical, cultural studies and historical analyses, the sites and circumstances of shame, shaming, stigma and […]


UNESCO: The Lockdown Blues

To celebrate Exeter’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature, the Centre held a short call for literary research projects.  “Many of us felt lonely before the pandemic, and the lockdown might have made this better, worse, or made no difference at all. Some of us have become isolated recently in a way which is […]


Suffering from the ‘Lockdown Blues’? Share your experiences online

Share your experiences of loneliness and Covid-19 as part of a major new creative project People in the South West can now share their experiences of the considerable isolating impact of the coronavirus pandemic, as part of a major new project designed to collect stories of loneliness and community. The Lockdown Blues is an online […]


WCCEH announce a creative collaboration on LGBTQ+ loneliness and history with the Northcott Theatre and Natalie McGrath

Following an initial seed phase in which three artists were granted funding to think about loneliness, theatre and performance alongside scholars at the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, we are excited to announce the direction that this collaboration will take. Working closely with the Centre and with Exeter’s Northcott Theatre, the acclaimed […]


South West Loneliness Network

The South West Loneliness network was founded by Fred Cooper and Charlotte Jones in 2019. It connects academics, students, university staff, community organisations, charities, public health experts, and people with lived experience of loneliness. It provides networking and knowledge exchange opportunities through discussions, meetings, and seminars, and works to foster transdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships. For […]


New Centre podcast series

Explain it to me … Pete Hodges, the Centre’s Comms Assistant, invited researchers around the Centre to talk about their work. In the first of this podcast series, Fred Cooper talks about his work on the Centre’s Beacon Project ‘Loneliness and Community‘.