Our pioneering inclusive research methodologies have been used to enable people to articulate complex experiences of health and illness, empower patient groups and transform perceptions of disability. Our research on ageing focuses on the changing cultural, economic, social and environmental circumstances in which people thrive in older age. We use ethnographic approaches to focus on end-of-life care, death, bereavement, and memorialisation and participatory and social history approaches to research the experience of people with learning difficulties. Our research into reproduction, sexualities and sexual health is concerned not only with prevention of infection, conception, violence or risk, but also with sexual and reproductive autonomy, pleasure and intimacy. A newly emerging area is research in sport and fitness, examining issues as diverse as the performance of elite athletes, the rehabilitation of sports professionals, and women’s sporting embodiment.
Our commitment to co-production and knowledge exchange involves us in partnership with charities, universities, service user and provider organisations. We host various cross sector alliances and research hubs including the Carer Research and Knowledge Exchange Network (CAREN), the Black Women's Health & Wellbeing Research Network and the Sexuality Alliance, a multi-agency collaboration to promote sexual health and rights for young people with life-limiting conditions.