‌The Centre for Health, Medical and Environmental Humanities

The Liverpool Centre for Health, Medical and Environmental Humanities provides a home for humanities and social sciences scholars at the University of Liverpool, as well as incorporating innovations in broader science-art collaborations. Its purpose is to create an interdisciplinary space beyond departmental settings to enhance collaborative research, to foster critical inquiry, dialogue and creativity and engage local partners and practitioners. The Centre was previously known as The Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences of Health, Technology and Medicine.

We seek to: 

  • build a sustainable community of humanities and social science scholars who address medical, health and environmental concerns via respective political, social, and cultural approaches, and who are engaged with relevant communities of practice in Liverpool and beyond 
  • promote dialogue and critical reflection across interdisciplinary communities of practice 
  • promote methodological and theoretical advancement
  • create a fruitful and supportive environment for doctoral and postdoctoral research, offering mentorship and peer support 
  • contribute to policy development and interventions 
  • promote social and environmental justice

Centre activities:

Upcoming activities

The Centre runs an extensive programme of events, lectures and workshops. 

See the latest upcoming activities on our events page.

Recent activities

Health, Cultures & Societies MA

We are delighted to announce that the pedagogical counterpart to the Centre for Health, Medical and Environmental Humanities has now launched: the Health, Cultures & Societies MA.

The master’s in Health, Cultures and Societies provides an exciting opportunity to explore issues around health, illness, wellbeing, and medicine. Students on the MA will benefit from the opportunities and support that the Centre and its partners can offer such as in funding applications, postgraduate and early career development and in opportunities for public engagement.

To find out more about the new master’s programme, including module details please visit the Health, Cultures & Societies MA webpages.

Applications are now open for September 2021 entry, therefore please share this email with any contacts who this master’s may be of interest to.

For further questions about the MA please do not hesitate to contact the Programme Admissions Leads: Dr Georgia Petridou: and Professor Josie Billington:

Please see our new Special Issue in Qualitative Research

Doing things with Description - politics, practices and the art of attentiveness - New Special Issue

Read the introduction here.

Read the papers here. 

Please see a new blog by Professor Thomas Schramme on mandatory vaccination:

Free-riders, collective benefit and the philosophy of mandatory vaccination