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The Open University Health & Wellbeing priority research area brings together an impressive multi-disciplinary team of colleagues from across the OU with external collaborators from the wider academy, industry, government, policy and practice in a bid to work together to address local, national and international health challenges. If you are interested in knowing more about this priority research area or are interested in working with us, please contact us via the details on the Contact Page.

Dr. Sarah EarleDr Sarah Earle has worked in several UK Universities and joined the Open University in 2005. She has held a number of senior roles and is currently Director of the University’s priority research area in Health & Wellbeing. Dr Earle is a sociologist by background with specialist expertise in reproduction, sex and health. She is a member of the Special Interest Group in Sexualities & Reproduction and has published over 100 academic papers, books and book sections in this field. Dr Earle has investigated a number of areas including fertility and contraception, pregnancy and childbirth, infant feeding and facilitated and paid-for-sex. Her most recent projects have focused on pre-conception care for women with diabetes (funded by NIHR HTA), contraceptive choices for women with learning disabilities (funded by Open Societies Foundation) and the development of standards and guidance for supporting the sexual rights of people with life-limiting conditions (funded by HEIF with the Sexuality Alliance).

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Although not an exhaustive list, OU’s Health and Wellbeing research areas are:

  • biomedical sciences
  • health services research
  • human computer interaction
  • digital health
  • personal informatics and wearable technologies
  • psychology and counselling
  • health economics
  • medical statistics
  • health communication
  • health policy
  • public health and health promotion
  • social marketing
  • sport and fitness
  • medical humanities
  • health law and ethics

 

July PRA Seminar – 12 July 2018

Care & Repair Time: 12.30-14.00 Location: CMR 11 Martin Hodges from Care & Repair England will be giving the final PRA seminar of the 2017/18 academic year. Nationally older people report high levels of satisfaction with home modifications provided through the grant funded route. However, demonstrating in a robust way, the full value to the individual receiving the intervention in...

Health & Wellbeing PRA – AWAY DAY 2 July 2018

Are you a researcher interested in Health & Wellbeing? Join our community! Date: 2 July  Time: 10am – 4pm Location: Chicheley Hall The Health and Wellbeing PRA Team will be hosting our third annual Away Day event on 2nd July at Chicheley Hall. The aim of the day is to get health and wellbeing researchers together to develop and reflect on all aspects of health and wellbeing research....

PRA Sandpits

Healthy Ageing ISCF Thursday 14 June 2018 09.45 Refreshments 10.15 Start 15.30 Close De Vere Horwood Estate Side by Side Thursday 19 July 2018 12.30pm Lunch & Refreshments 1pm Start 5pm Close The Michael Young Building, meeting room 2, 3 & 4 If you are interested in attending either event please email:...

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