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Professor of Health Humanities, University of Nottingham

Paul Crawford is Professor of Health Humanities at the School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham and Director of the Centre for Social Futures at the Institute of Mental Health, one of the most prominent bodies for mental health research in the UK. He also directs Nottingham Health Humanities at the Centre for Advanced Studies.

He is Director for the Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery programme, a national consortium funded by AHRC/RCUK Connected Communities (£1.5m) and has held various visiting professor or advisory board appointments in the US, Europe, Taiwan and Australia. He is also Co-Founder of the Health Language Research Group at the University of Nottingham, bringing together academics and clinicians to advance communication research in health care settings and leads both the AHRC-funded Madness and Literature Network ( and International Health Humanities Network ( He co-founded and coordinates the International Health Humanities Conference.

He serves on the editorial board of Journal of Medical Humanities, Communication & Medicine and Applied Arts in Health and acts as a referee for several prominent publishing houses and major journals.

In 2013 he was appointed as Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS).

In 2008 he was awarded a Lord Dearing Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

In 2007 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).


  • –present
    Professor of Health Humanities, University of Nottingham