Institute of Advanced Studies


Health Humanities Centre

The UCL Health Humanities Centre draws together staff from different disciplines, departments and faculties engaged in teaching and research on matters relating to health, illness and well-being. Staff are currently based in the departments of History, Science and Technology Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Philosophy, Mental Health, Population Health, Global Health, Laws, Political Science, The Institute of the Americas, Geography, Political Science, The Slade School of Fine Art, and the School of European Languages, Culture and Society and the Medical School. It provides a UCL forum for teaching and research in the health humanities, through Masters programmes, conferences, seminars, workshops, and public engagement. It draws upon upon UCL's disciplinary strengths, while fostering further interdisciplinary collaborations.

The Health Humanities Centre was established in 2015 through joining together the Centre for Philosophy, Justice and Health, the Centre for the History of Psychological Disciplines, and the former History of Medicine Centre. It forms part of the new UCL Institute of Advanced Studies and the Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural inquiry and is supported by UCL's Science, Medicine and Society Network.


The UCL Health Humanities Centre runs two interlinked MAs:

The MAs share common core courses, while having specific routes. There are jointly administered through the Centre for the Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry.


The Centre convenes the following regular events:

  • Fortnighty Health Humanities Work in Progress Seminar, which showcases current research
  • Weekly Seminar on Social Values and Health Priority Setting
  • The joint UCL/KCL Bioethics Colloquium
  • Public Seminar on the History of Psychological Disciplines
  • Ongoing reading groups in the history of the medicine and the history of the psychological disciplines
  • Conferences and Workshops


Professor Sonu Shamdasani and Dr James Wilson

Health Humanities Centre website