A message from the Director

The Open University Health & Wellbeing strategic 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 strategic 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 strategic 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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COVID-19 pandemic:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we have a designated COVID-19 web page where you will find all work related research by colleagues of the Health and Wellbeing Strategic Research Area (H&W SRA).

Impact

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
  • videogames and gamification
  • mobile (health) apps
  • gerontology, gerontechnology, rural ageing