Health, Human Rights and Development – Symposium – 6 October 2015

SDHI is planning to hold this interdisciplinary and interprofessional Symposium and Workshop on ‘Health, Human Rights and Development’ on Tuesday the 6th of October 2015 from 1.45pm-4.45pm at the University of Dundee. We aim to bring together researchers, practitioners, NGO representatives to focus on health and health care issues from a human rights and development perspective. Please help us make the afternoon interesting and successful.

Please see our flyer for preliminary details. If you are interested in presenting and/or attending our symposium and workshop, please contact us at

Final Report – The situation of people who are at risk of homelessness in the city of Dundee

Research has taken place across various church based initiatives in Dundee known as the Dundee Drop In Network and this report reveals the situation of people who are at risk of homelessness in the city of Dundee. These initiatives provide crisis support for people who need access to food, a place to meet and access to information and advice. Over recent times the demands on such services has increased due to the welfare cuts and the impact of benefit sanctions.

Developed as a partnership between Dundee Drop In Network, Faith in Community Dundee and the University of Dundee, active collaboration between volunteers from the drop in services and students from the University resulted in the completion of the research data.

The final report can be viewed here

Forthcoming Seminar- If You Build it

KatieSDHI and the Living Digital Group, DJCAD are hosting the following seminar presented by Katie Siek, Associate Professor in Informatics at Indiana University Bloomington entitled ‘If You Build it’. This FREE seminar will take place on Wednesday 26th August at 3pm in room 1G06, Dalhousie Building. ALL WELCOME. Please see the seminar flyer for further information.  To register your attendance please email Rosanne

New Publication: Social context, art making processes and creative output

Congratulations to SDHI researchers Jacqui Morris, Madalina Toma, Chris Kelly and Thilo Kroll, in collaboration with researchers from NHS Tayside, Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust, Massey University (New Zealand), University of Edinburgh, University of Dundee and University of Stirling who have recently published this paper ‘Social context, art making processes and creative output: a qualitative study exploring how psychosocial benefits of art participation during stroke rehabilitation occur’ in the journal of Disability and Rehabilitation.

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Read the full article here

Early Years and Cancer Prevention: Call for applications

CRUKThe CRUK/Bupa Foundation Cancer Prevention Initiative aims to tackle cancer by funding cutting edge research into behavioural and lifestyle changes that can prevent people getting cancer. As part of the Initiative, the Bupa Foundation Fund catalyses new multidisciplinary collaborations and develop innovative, pioneering research in cancer prevention via a series of sandpit workshops.

The 3-day workshops bring together a diverse range of expertise to develop new multidisciplinary and innovative research ideas, with successful project teams awarded up to £20,000 seed-funding, to conduct pilot and feasibility work for a 12-month period. The first two workshops have tackled cancer prevention challenges for ‘harder to reach groups’ and ‘risk perceptions’. Take a look at the exciting new projects funded from the first (PDF, 1.99MB) and second (PDF, 1.87MB) workshops.

The next Innovation Workshop will focus on ‘early years’, to develop new research into health behaviour change for cancer prevention in children and young people (0-24 years). The workshop will take place 15-17 September 2015 at Milton Hill House, Oxfordshire.

Applications are now open and welcome across a range of academic, industry and community sectors. Participants will be expected to engage constructively with each other, the event facilitators, the Director and Subject-Guides to develop collaborative research ideas during the sandpit.

The deadline for applications is 31 July, 2015. Apply now or contact Dr Lucy Davies, 020 3469 8824 for more information

Photographic Exhibition – New Routes of Discovery

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This pilot-project used photography as a tool to increase self-awareness and self-esteem among people from stigmatised and marginalised backgrounds. The focus was a self-reporting approach where the participants had the opportunity to portray and reflect on their reality as a means to achieve a better understanding of their life challenges and the ways to overcome them.

To find out more about this project please visit the website at

Forests as places of mental well-being for people with dementia

The Forestry Commission Scotland has recently published this 12-page Research Note based on a PhD research study currently being carried out by Mandy Cook, Forest Ranger and PhD student at the University of Dundee. Mandy is co-supervised by SDHI members Ed Hall and Thilo Kroll and is currently evaluating the benefits of a Woodland Activity Programme that has been designed and organised collaboratively between the Forestry Commission Scotland, University of Dundee and Alzheimer Scotland.

FCRN019To read Mandy’s findings please click here