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PATHS Research Group explore the interconnections – the ‘paths’ – between public health, the arts, theory, and sociology. Specifically, we are interested in the role of society and sociological theories in discussions and issues connected to the field of ‘arts and health’. This includes sociological exploration of the arts and health field itself (e.g., the institutions, networks, and people that constitute the field) and the artistic practices and programmes delivered in view of public health discourses and structures. Exploring the application of our research to policy and practice is also important to what we do.


The group is based in the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh. We work across the university and with a wide range of external partners, nationally and internationally. We also have close connections with the Edinburgh Centre for Research on the Experience of Dementia (ECRED), Binks Hub, Advanced Care Research CentreMusic in Human and Social Development Research Group (MHSD) and Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry (CCRI). The group was created and founded by Dr Katey Warran.

Exploring the interconnections between public health, the arts, theory, and sociology.
Contact us today to learn more about who we are and how to get involved with the PATHS Research Group.

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