Health and wellbeing are embedded within all manner of institutions. Most obviously they involve the institutions that are tasked with delivering health and social care – the homes, hospitals and welfare arrangements that make health possible. But more broadly, institutions can be understood as the ‘stuff of social life’, and include language, historical norms, gender relations and so on.
Transforming health and wellbeing is not something that we can expect people to do at an individual level. They will need to operate in broader landscapes that seek to transform how we care for people in later life; how medicine and healthcare practices are organized; how evidence is generated; and how evidence-based policies are made involving healthy publics.
Indicative topic areas include:
- Transforming social and institutional care in later life
- Transforming understandings of community and family and their roles in health and wellbeing
- Transforming gender relations, and health, care and wellbeing
- Histories and cultures of medicine
- Research cultures – making research and evidence relevant for health and wellbeing
- Understanding “big data” and communities
- Approaches to national and international health governance