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Katey Warran, PhD

  • Head of the PATHS Research Group

University of Edinburgh

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Warran, K., Burton, A., & Fancourt, D. (2022). What are the active ingredients of ‘arts in health’ activities? Development of the INgredients iN ArTs in hEalth (INNATE) Framework. Wellcome Open Research 2022 7:10, 7, 10.

What are the active ingredients of ‘arts in health’ activities? Development of the Ingredients in Arts in health (INNATE) Framework

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Dr Katey Warran is Head of the PATHS (Public Health, Arts, Theory, Sociology) Research Group, based in the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh, and the recipient of a Leverhulme-funded fellowship exploring how to co-construct a Sociology of Arts and Health. She is also Honorary Fellow in the Social Biobehavioural Research Group at University College London, where she was previously Deputy Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Arts and Health. Her research explores the complex relationship between the arts and health, with a particular interest in the application of sociological theory, processes of theorising, and group engagement. She is currently co-authoring a book with Professor Norma Daykin on the Sociology of Arts and Health (Routledge, forthcoming).

Katey has designed and collaborated on a diverse range of innovative arts and health projects, including receiving funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), Arts and Humanities Research Council, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Medical Research Council, and the British Academy. She worked as lead researcher for the World Health Organization (exploring singing for postnatal depression) and led on an international partnership with the University of Toronto to build networks in arts and health.

Katey is also an advisor on a range of committees (e.g., Arts Culture Health and Wellbeing Scotland (ACHWS), Scottish Ballet, Tonic Arts at NHS Lothian Charity), has worked on a range of policy activities and outputs (e.g., for the DCMS, Arts Council England, Scottish Government), and is Co-Director of the Arts Play Health Community.