Professor Sarah Atkinson
BA Anthropology, MSc Human Nutrition, PhD Anthropology
|Professor in the Department of Geography||408||+44 (0) 191 33 41871|
|Professor , Geographies of Life||408||+44 (0) 191 33 41871|
|Professor in Tipping Points Research Project||408||+44 (0) 191 33 41871|
|Associate Director in the Institute for Medical Humanities||CA128, Caedmon Building, Leazes Road, Durham, DH1 1SZ||+44 (0) 191 33 48144|
|Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing||+44 (0) 191 33 41871|
- Wellbeing and Community Wellbeing
- Critical Medical Humanities
- Spaces and practices of care of the body
- Arts, health and wellbeing
- 2021: Extension Grant for the Institute for Medical Humanities, Durham(£12070.46 from Wellcome Trust)
- 2020: Understanding and modelling the relationship between individual and place-based community wellbeing(£2760.57 from )
- 2015: Bringing wellbeing to community(£87250.40 from ESRC)
- 2019: Key-note speaker 19th International Medical Geography Symposium, Queenstown, New Zealand:
- 2019: Key-note speaker, Conference on Existential Medical Humanities, Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden Swedish Network for Medical Humanities:
- 2016: Key-note speaker, ISRF funding workshop on 'Financialisation, Social Investment and Wellbeing' Roskilde, Denmark:
- 2015: Invited key-note speaker at the International Workshop: Medical humanities: Exploring advantages and disadvantages in an emerging interdisciplinary field, University of Lund, Sweden. :
- 2014: Invited speaker: The rise of well-being in public health, WHO Copenhagen.:
- 2014: Invited member: WHO international steering group, the cultural determinants of wellbeing, WHO Copenhagen:
- 2014: Invited speaker, seminar series on Politics of Wellbeing:
- 2014: Invited speaker: History, humanities and global health, WHO Geneva.:
- 2014: Key-note speaker: Annual Conference of the Nordic Network for Health Research within Social Sciences (NNHSH), Helsinki, Finland:
Chapter in book
- Atkinson, S. (2021). Art Spaces. In COVID-19 and Similar Futures: Pandemic Geographies. Andrews, G., Crooks, V., Pearce, J. & Messina. J. Springer.
- Atkinson, S. (2021). Reanimating the radical possibilities of wellbeing: commentary on Part 1 approaching wellbeing. In The Modern Guide to Wellbeing Research. Searle, B., Pykett, J. & Alfaro-Simmonds, M.J. Edward Elgar. 23-28.
- Atkinson, S. (2021). Resilience. In Future Theory: A Bloomsbury Handbook to Critical Concepts. Botha, M. & Waugh, P. London: Bloomsbury.
- Tan, M.K.B. & Atkinson, S. (2019). Multiplicity and Encounters of Cultures of Care in Advanced Ageing. In Geohumanities and Health. Atkinson, S. & Hunt, R. Cham: Springer. 241-259.
- Hunt, R. & Atkinson, S. (2019). GeoHumanities and Health. In GeoHumanities and Health. Atkinson, S. & Hunt, R. Springer. 1-19.
- Atkinson, S. (2019). Wellbeing and the Wild, Blue 21st-Century Citizen. In Blue Space, Health and Wellbeing: Hydrophilia Unbounded. Foley, R., Kearns, R., Kistemann, T. & Wheeler, B. Abingdon, Oxon: Taylor & Francis. 190-204.
- Atkinson, S. (2017). Mixing and fixing: managing and imagining the body in a global world. In Global health and Geographical Imaginaries. Herrick, C. & Reubi, D. London: Routledge. 54-71.
- Atkinson, S. (2016). Care, kidneys and clones: the distance of space, time and imagination. In The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities. Whitehead, A., Woods, A., Atkinson, S., Macnaughton, J. & Richards, J. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 611-626.
- Atkinson, S. (2016). Health and Wellbeing. In The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. Richardson, D., Castree, N., Goodchild, M., Weidong, L., Kobayashi, A. & Marston, R. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell/AAG.
- Atkinson, S & Vaguet, A. (2011). La Mondialisation à la Loupe des Géographes de la Santé. In Santé et Géographie: Nouveaux Regards. Fleuret, S. & Hoyez, A. Economica, Paris. 15-37.
- Atkinson, S. (2007). Health and Disease. In Companion Encyclopaedia of Geography: from local to global. Douglas, I., Huggett, R. & Perkins, C. London: Routledge. 157-168.
- Atkinson, S. (2006). Approaches to studying decentralisation. In Decentralization in health care: strategies and outcomes. Saltman, R., Bankauskaite, V. & Vrangbaek, K. Milton Keynes: OUP.
- Atkinson, S. (2002). Local management and the quality of urban health services: prenatal care in Northwest Brazil. In Urban Health in the Third World. Akhtar, R. New Delhi: APH Publishing Corporation.
- Atkinson, S. & Hunt, R. (2019). Geohumanities and Health. Global Perspectives on Health Geography. Switzerland: Springer.
- Whitehead, A., Woods, A., Atkinson, S., Macnaughton, J. & Richards, J. (2016). The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities. Edinburgh Companions to Literature. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
- Atkinson, S., Fuller, S. & Painter, J. (2012). Wellbeing and place. Farnham: Ashgate.
- Atkinson, S, Bradby, H, Gadebusch Bondio, M, Macnaughton, J, Hallberg, A & Söderfeldt, Y (2021). Seeing the value of experiential knowledge through COVID-19. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
- Atkinson, S (2021). Adolescent anxiety through the wrong end of the telescope. Lancet Child and Adolescent Health
- Curtis, Sarah, Cunningham, Niall, Pearce, Jamie, Congdon, Peter, Cherrie, Mark & Atkinson, Sarah (2021). Trajectories in mental health and socio-spatial conditions in a time of economic recovery and austerity: a longitudinal study in England, 2011-2017. Social Science and Medicine 270: 113654.
- Atkinson, Sarah (2021). The Toxic Effects of Subjective Wellbeing and Potential Tonics. Social Science & Medicine 288: 113098.
- Atkinson, Sarah (2020). Commentary: Wellbeing, Space and Society. Wellbeing, Space and Society 1: 100015.
- Curtis, Sarah, Congdon, Peter, Atkinson, Sarah, Corcoran, Rhiannon, Peasgood, Tessa & MaGuire, Rosie (2020). Adverse conditions for wellbeing at the neighbourhood scale in England: potential and challenges for operationalising indicators relevant to wellbeing in and of places. Wellbeing, Space and Society 100009.
- Tupper, E, Atkinson, S & Pollard, TM (2020). Doing more with movement: constituting healthy publics in a movement volunteering programme. Palgrave Communications 6: 94.
- Atkinson, S., Bagnall, A-M., Corcoran, R., South, J. & Curtis, S. (2020). Being well together: individual subjective and community wellbeing. Journal of Happiness Studies 21(5): 1903-1921.
- Coyle, L.A. & Atkinson, S. (2019). Vulnerability as practice in diagnosing multiple conditions. Medical Humanities 45(3): 278-287.
- de Leeuw, Sarah, Donovan, Courtney, Schafenacker, Nicole, Kearns, Robin, Neuwelt, Pat, Squier, Susan Merill, McGeachan, Cheryl, Parr, Hester, Frank, Arthur W., Coyle, Lindsay-Ann, Atkinson, Sarah, El-Hadi, Nehal, Shklanka, Karen, Shooner, Caroline, Beljaars, Diana & Anderson, Jon (2018). Geographies of Medical and Health Humanities: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation. GeoHumanities 4(2): 285-334.
- Coyle, L.A. & Atkinson, S. (2018). Imagined Futures in Living with Multiple Conditions: Positivity, Relationality and Hopelessness. Social Science and Medicine 198: 53-60.
- Stickley, T., Parr, H., Atkinson, S., Daykin, N., Clift, S., de Nora, T., Hacking, S., Camic, P.M., Joss, T., White, M. & Hogan, S.J. (2017). Arts, health & wellbeing: reflections on a national seminar series and building a UK research network. Arts & Health 9(1): 14-25.
- Schwanen, T. & Atkinson, S. (2015). Geographies of wellbeing: an introduction. Geographical Journal 181(2): 98-101.
- Atkinson, S.J. & Scott, K.E. (2015). Stable and destabilised states of subjective wellbeing: dance and movement as catalysts of transition. Social and Cultural Geography 16(1): 75-94.
- Atkinson, S., Foley, R. & Parr, H. (2015). Introduction: Spatial Perspectives and Medical Humanities. Journal of Medical Humanities 36(1): 1-4.
- Atkinson, S., Evans, B., Woods, A. & Kearns, R. (2015). ‘The Medical’ and ‘health’ in a critical medical humanities. Journal of Medical Humanities 36(1): 71-81.
- Atkinson, S. & White, M. (2013). Beyond the Local Agenda: International Perspectives in Community-based Arts and Health. Arts & Health 5(3): 175-176.
- White, M. Atkinson, S. & Meagher, M. Eds. (2013). International perspectives on the development of research-guided practice in community-based arts in health. Special Issue of eleven papers and an overview. UNESCO observatory e-journal 3(3 November).
- Atkinson, S. (2013). Beyond components of wellbeing: the effects of relational and situated assemblage. Topoi 32(2): 137-144.
- Atkinson, S. & Rubidge, T. (2013). Managing the spatialities of arts-based practices with school children: an inter-disciplinary exploration of engagement, movement and well-being. Arts & Health 5(1): 39-50.
- Medeiros, R.L.M. & Atkinson, S. (2013). Performance of the local health system and contingent influences in Northeast-Brazil: breaking vicious and virtuous circles. Ciência e Saúde Coletiva 18(11): 3431-3442.
- Swan, P.J. & Atkinson, S. (2012). Managing evaluation: a community arts organisation's perspective. Arts & Health 4(3): 217-229.
- Atkinson, S. & Rubinelli, S. (2012). Narrative in cancer research and policy: voice, knowledge and context. Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology 84(Supplement 2): S11-S16.
- Atkinson, S. & Robson, M. (2012). Arts and health as a practice of liminality: managing the spaces of transformation for social and emotional wellbeing with primary school children. Health & Place 18(6): 1348-1355.
- Atkinson, S. & Joyce, K.E. (2011). The place and practices of wellbeing in local governance. Environment and Planning C 29(1): 133-148.
- Atkinson, S., Lawson, V. & Wiles, J. (2011). Care of the body: spaces of practice. Social and Cultural Geography 12(6): 563-572.
- Atkinson, S. (2011). Moves to measure wellbeing must support a social model of health. British Medical Journal 343(7832): d7323
- Atkinson, S. (2011). Scales of Care and Responsibility: debating the surgically globalised body. Social and Cultural Geography 12(6): 623-637.
- Atkinson, S, Macnaughton, J, Saunders, C & Evans, M (2010). Cool Intimacies of Care for Contemporary Clinical Practice. The Lancet 376(9754): 1732-1733.
- Atkinson, S. & Ayers, A. (2010). The Potential of the Internet for Alternative Caring Practices for Health. Anthropology and Medicine 17(1): 75-86.
- Atkinson, S. & Medeiros, R. (2009). Explanatory models of influences on the construction and expression of user satisfaction. Social Science and Medicine 68(11): 2089-2096.
- Medeiros, R.L.M. & Atkinson, S. (2009). Health reform in Ceará the process of decentralization in the 1990s. [A Reforma de Saúde no Ceará o processo de descentralização na década de 1990]. O Público e o Privado 13: 11-27.
- Atkinson, S.J., Cohn, A., Ducci, M.E., Fernandes, L. & Smyth, F. (2008). Promotion and prevention within a decentralized framework: changing health care in Brazil and Chile. International Journal of Health Planning and Management 23(2): 153-171.
- Atkinson, S. (2007). Telling talking: discourse and practice in context. Critical Policy Analysis 1(2): 184-199.
- Fleuret, S. & Atkinson, S. (2007). Wellbeing, health and geography: a critical review and research agenda. New Zealand Geographer 63(2): 106-118.
- Milligan, C., Atkinson, S., Conradson, D., Skinner, M. & Wiles, J. (2007). Geographies of care - a commentary. NZ Geographer 63: 135-140.
- Danichevski, K., Balabanova, D., McKee, D. & Atkinson, S. (2006). The fragmentary federation: experiences with the decentralised health system in Russia. Health Policy and Planning 21(3): 183-194.
- Atkinson, S.J. & Haran, D. (2005). Individual and district scale determinants of users' satisfaction with primary health care in developing countries. Social Science & Medicine 60(3): 501-513.
- Atkinson, S.J., Cohn, A., Ducci, M.E. & Gideon, J. (2005). Implementation of promotion and prevention activities in decentralized health systems: comparative case studies from Chile and Brazil. Health Promotion International 20(2): 167-175.
- Atkinson, S., Fernandes, L., Caprara, A. & Gideon, J. (2005). Prevention and promotion in decentralised rural health systems: a comparative study from Northeast Brazil. Health Policy and Planning 20(2): 69-79.
- Atkinson, S.J. & Haran, D. (2004). Back to basics: does decentralization improve health system performance? Evidence from Ceará in north-east Brazil. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 82(11): 822-827.
- Few, R., Harpham, T. & Atkinson, S. (2003). Urban primary health care in Africa: a comparative analysis of city-wide public sector projects in Lusaka and Dar es Salaam. Health and Place 9(1): 45-53.
- Atkinson, S.J. (2002). Political cultures, health systems and health policy. Social Science & Medicine 55(1): 113-124.
- Atkinson, S. Medeiros, R.L.R. Oliveira, P.H.L. & Almeida, R.D.de (2000). Going down to the local: incorporating social organisation and political culture into assessments of decentralised health care. Social Science and Medicine 51(4): 619-636.
- Coyle, L.A. & Atkinson, S. (2017). “I sometimes refer to myself as having OCD and sometimes refer to myself as having an eating disorder.”. thebmjopinion
- Curtis, Sarah, Congdon, Peter, Atkinson, Sarah, Corcoran, Rhiannon, MaGuire, Rosie & Peasgood, Tessa (2019). Individual and local area factors associated with self-reported wellbeing, perceived social cohesion and sense of attachment to one’s community: analysis of the Understanding Society Survey. What Works Centre for Wellbeing.
- Atkinson, S., Bagnall, A.M., Corcoran, R. & South, J. (2017). What is Community Wellbeing? Conceptual Review. London, What Works Centre for Wellbeing.
Miss Charlotte Lock
Research Postgraduate (PhD)
Mrs. Nicola Kendall
Research Postgraduate (PhD)
Ms. Victoria Empson
Research Postgraduate (PhD)
Miss Yuanyuan Zhang
Research Postgraduate (PhD)