Manchester Institute for Arts, Health & Social Change (MIAHSC)

It was great to spend a year back in Manchester, based at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) at MIAHSC and working collaboratively with colleagues from the GM Mayor’s Office, GM Culture, GM Health & Social Care Partnership and Health Innovation Manchester to co-develop Greater Manchester’s response to the emerging national ‘Creative Health’ agenda.

There is so much phenomenal work going on across GM (and beyond!) at the various and critical points where culture and wellbeing intersect. It was a privilege to work with arts and health colleagues in revealing and celebrating their work for the forthcoming ‘GM Lives! GM Culture, Health & Wellbeing Study 2020’. It’s work, of course, that has since come into sharp focus with the onset of COVID-19.

It was also great to have the time to reflect on my PhD research and to further my work in exploring new metrics and ways of measuring the economy. At the start of my commission, I wrote some thoughts around that work – around matter and what matters – for the MIAHSC blog, here:

Getting to the matter of Greater Manchester: How long is a piece of hope?

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