Arts Sciences


Prof Helen Chatterjee

Helen Chatterjee is a Professor of Biology at UCL working across UCL Biosciences and UCL Arts & Sciences. Her research includes biodiversity conservation and evidencing the impact of natural and cultural participation on health; she co-founded the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance, is an advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts and Health, Chairs the Royal Society for Public Health’s SIG in Arts and Health, is a founding trustee of the National Centre for Creative Health, and sits on the IUCN Section on Small Apes. Her interdisciplinary research has won a range of awards including a Special Commendation from Public Health England for Sustainable Development and most recently the 2018 AHRC-Wellcome Health Humanities Medal and Leadership Award; she received an MBE in 2015 for Services to Higher Education and Culture.

Helen has published four books 'Touch in Museums: Policy and Practice in Object Handling' (Berg Publications, 2008), ‘Museums, Health and Well-being’ (Routledge, 2013), ‘Engaging the Senses: Object-Based Learning in Higher Education’ (Routledge, 2015), ‘Material Connections: From Object-Based Learning to Object-Based Well-being’ (Taylor Francis, 2020) and over 50 research articles. 

Helen is the Programme Lead for the MASc Creative Health.

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Helen is joint module convenor for BASC0004 Object Lessons: Communicating Knowledge through Collections and BASC0081 Community Wellbeing, Health Inequalities and the role of Social Prescribing.