Beacon: loneliness and community

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Woman writing on a whiteboard - the question is 'what's on your mind?'

Beacon: transforming evidence

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Notes scribbled on a tablecloth in different colours and hands

Beacon: big data publics

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RSF: Gender identity

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RSF: Are you sure?

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Oil painting of a white hen with five chickens

RSF: Protein pressures

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Women and children seated on the ground; one woman is writing on a large sheet of paper

RIA: Voices from Durgapur

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Coloured blocks of pastels in a compartmented box

RSF: Outsider art

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Network map sustainable food projects

RSF: Food networks

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RSF: Community well-being

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RSF: Compassionate care

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Children in traditional Peruvian costume

RSF: Risk and resilience

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RIA: Live Music Now

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TRA: Dance, health and well-being

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TRA: Cancer and close relationships

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Transforming Institutions

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
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