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Welcome to the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

The Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, established in 2001, is a major interdisciplinary unit within Durham University that fosters research on human health and wellbeing in both developed and developing countries.

We seek to understand the determinants of health and wellbeing and improve the quality of people’s lives by contributing to public policy, professional practice and the development of new insights, products and tools. Our work spans the natural and medical sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. We have a particular commitment to the health and wellbeing of people living in the North East of England. There are strong relationships with the National Health Services and local government.
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The Institute conducts and facilitates interdisciplinary research on health and wellbeing across the University Faculties. We support a community of Fellows, Postgraduate Associates, Research Centres and projects across almost all of the University's departments and schools.

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Interdisciplinary approaches


"The Beginning, Middle and End"

  • Understanding a problem.
  • Understanding how it manifests itself in the individual and in the community.
  • Understanding ways in which we can moderate the problem, producing change through evidenced interventions.


The first way we do this by identifying themes across Durham University in an interdisciplinary fashion, encouraging dialogue and interaction in discussion, evidence gathering, evaluation and interpretation.

The second way is to target a societal question or problem and gather Durham University research expertise to address the issue from an interdisciplinary approach.

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Wolfson Research Institute

Durham University Queen's Campus
University Boulevard
Stockton on Tees
TS17 6BH

Tel: + 44 (0) 191 334 0013