UCL Division of Biosciences


Co-Developing a method for assessing the psychosocial impact of cultural interventions with displaced people: towards an integrated care framework

4 November 2016

Global Challenge Research Fund project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2016-2018).

Hands Pot Info Sheet

Stories of displaced people, migration and immigration continue to occupy headline news. Huge efforts are being made by displaced people and associated relief agencies to help deal with the many challenges of displacement and migration and many of these efforts involve the use of arts, heritage and cultural activities.

The impact of these programmes on participants' health and wellbeing has often been overlooked in relation to their overall health and how such cultural programmes contribute to recovery, adjustment and other challenges associated with displacement, such as employability.

Working in collaboration with the Helen Bamber Foundation in London and the Women's Programme Centre at Talbieh Refugee Camp in Jordan, we wish to better understand the role of creative arts and cultural activities in improving health and wellbeing. We will also explore the potential for the arts to play a central role in improving issues associated with resettlement, employability and learning new skills, and consider how this could feed into relevant policies such as those related to immigration.

The Helen Bamber Foundation is a charity in London supporting refugees and asylum seekers who are survivors of torture and extreme human cruelty.

Talbieh Refugee Camp was established in 1968 under UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

Professor Helen Chatterjee, Principal Investigator, Department of Genetics, Environment and Evolution, University College London.
Dr Fatima Al-Nammari, International Co-Investigator, Department of Architecture, University of Petra, Jordan.
Dr Beverley Butler, Co-Investigator, Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
Dr Linda Thomson, Senior Research Associate, UCL Culture.