Arts Sciences


Dr Ranjita Dhital

Dr Ranjita Dhital is a Lecturer (Research and Teaching) in Interdisciplinary Health Studies in the Arts and Sciences Department (UASc), a registered pharmacist, and a sculptor. She has practised as an addiction specialist pharmacist for the NHS, a community pharmacist and worked in public health.

Her public health research is informed by creative and participatory methodologies. Her research applies arts and community-based approaches to reduce alcohol harm and promote mental wellbeing in high- and low-income countries. She is also using creative Participatory Action Research and Experience-based Co-design methods to optimise community pharmacy spaces (PRUK Leverhulme Fellowship) – The Architecture of Pharmacies.

She founded and leads the ‘Creative Nepal: Arts-Health Community’ and the ‘International Arts in Pharmacy network’. She is Chair of the ‘Royal Society for Public Health’s Arts Health and Wellbeing SIG’ and co-leads the ‘Neurodiversity In/& Creative Research Network’. She is the Department Director of Research and Graduate Research Tutor.

She has received research grants and other funding from NIHR, GCRF, Arts Council England (ACE), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charitable Trust (GSTT), Pharmacy Research UK (PRUK, Leverhulme Fellowships) and North West London-Central London Research Network.


Prospective PhD candidates may email their research proposal to her related to any of the following areas:

  • Creative and participatory research approaches in public health and mental wellbeing research (UK and Global Health).
  • Multi-modal approaches to reducing alcohol harm (UK and Global Health).
  • Co-designing and evaluating health spaces (health architecture).
  • Health service research (intervention design, evaluation, and implementation).
  • Holistic systems approach to health service design and social care research.


Ranjita is module convenor for BASC0055 The Art and Science of Public Health and MASc Creative Health BASC0052 Research Methods in Arts and Sciences