EGA Institute for Women's Health


Katie O'Donoghue

Katie O'Donoghue

Project title

Relations with objects – developing holistic-participatory interventions to enhance wellbeing and recovery in patients undergoing treatment for cancer

Project description 

This project is one of 15 MPhil/PhD training positions supported by the EU under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) - Innovative Training Networks (ITN). CHEurope is the result of a collaboration between universities and heritage institutions in Europe.  

The project sets out to reframe the experience of cancer treatment as dynamic interactions with diverse object-worlds and to understand these ‘relations with objects’ as hugely significant in terms of patients developing a sense of mastery, possession and control over their recovery and well-being. 

The project will explore the interconnectedness of Heritage and Well-being through a series of qualitative incremental proof of principle studies with cancer patients to: 

  1. Design and test novel techniques and heritage based interventions for individuals undergoing curative treatment for their cancer. 
  2. Develop research methods to understand the mechanism of the interventions and how, why and in what circumstances they are effective.

Start date


Primary supervisor 

Dr Anne Lanceley

Based at

Maple House 


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