School of Education and Social Work

Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing

The Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing (CIRW) brings together research, scholarship and expertise on wellbeing and builds on growth in academic research and service development in this area. The Centre is a leading interdisciplinary, innovative and international centre in the field of wellbeing and focuses on key areas such as mental health, ageing, disability, children, place and environment, cultural diversity, spirituality and migration.

CIRW is directed by  Professor Charles Watters (Social Work & Social Care) and Deputy Director, Dr Laia Becares (Social Work and Social Care, Data Intensive Science Centre).

Singing For Wellbeing

On 16 October, 2019, CIRW hosted 'Singing for Wellbeing' at the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts on the Sussex campus. The guest speaker was Dr Sarah Andersen (MBBS, MSc, DCH, DGM, MRCGP), GP at Herstmonceux Integrative - part of the ‘Futurehealth Brighton project.

The event was an exploration of how community choir singing can affect women’s perceptions of their health and wellbeing in the UK and Norway and whether there is a role for social prescribing of singing by health professionals and featured a live choir performance.



For information about CIRW contact:
Anna Ridgewell, CIRW Research Fellow
+44 (0)1273 873364

CIRW Director:
Professor Charles Watters
+44 (0)1273 873364

CIRW Deputy Director:
Dr Laia Becares
+44 1273 873106

Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing
Department of Social Work and Social Care 
School of Education and Social Work
Essex House
University of Sussex
Falmer BN1 9QQ


We bring together scholarship and expertise to facilitate research in wellbeing, with special interests including migration, nature and spirituality.

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