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Southampton research project Pathways to Health receives UK Research and Innovation funding

Published: 8 November 2022
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The Southampton Institute for Arts and Humanities (SIAH) project ‘Pathways to Health Through Cultures of Neighbourhoods’ has been awarded a £250K UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) grant as part of the Mobilising Community Assets to Tackle Health Inequalities programme.

The project, led by Professor Joanna Sofaer, Professor of Archaeology and SIAH Co-Director, brings together academics, civic leaders, health professionals, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and cultural organisations across Southampton to learn from young people (age 11-16) from deprived communities in the city.

As part of its bid to be UK City of Culture 2025, consultations undertaken in Southampton revealed that access to culture-based health and wellbeing opportunities for young people varied across the city, and that the understanding of these opportunities differed between young people and adults.

The project will work to understand what culture means to young people and how they use place-based cultural assets in order to reimagine cultural provision within an integrated care system and to identify ways that young people can use arts and culture for self-care to reduce future health challenges. Together the project group will create a community cultural hub that explores new pathways to health for young people through the cultures of neighbourhoods.

The research project, officially commencing on 1st November, builds on the City of Culture bid and is a key part of the University of Southampton and Faculty of Arts and Humanities civic engagement.

Read more on the UKRI website.

Related Staff Members

Professor Joanna Sofaer, FSA, PFHEA, Professor of Archaeology (Principal Investigator)
Professor Joanna Sofaer is a Professor of Archaeology, Co-Director of Southampton Institute for Arts and Humanities (SIAH), and Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) Kno wledge Exchange and Impact Fellow


Prof. Mary Barker (UoS)
Dr Debbie Chase (Southampton City Council)
Dr Louise Govier (Artswork)
Jason Murphy (Southampton City Council)
Prof. Pathik Pathak (UoS)
Natalie Webb (No Limits)
Dr Kath Woods-Townsend (UoS)

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