Professor Paul Crawford

Paul Crawford is Professor of Health Humanities at the School of Health Sciences,University of Nottingham and Director of the Centre for Social Futures at the Institute of Mental Health, one of the most prominent bodies for mental health research in the UK. He also co-directs Nottingham Health Humanities Research Priority Area supported by the Centre for Advanced Studies.

He is Director for the Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery programme, a national consortium funded by AHRC/RCUK Connected Communities (£1.5m) and has held various visiting professor or advisory board appointments globally. He is also Co-Founder of the Health Language Research Group at the University of Nottingham, bringing together academics and clinicians to advance communication research in health care settings and leads both the AHRC-funded Madness and Literature Network ( and International Health Humanities Network ( He co-founded and coordinates the International Health Humanities Conference.

He serves on the editorial board of Journal of Medical Humanities, Communication & Medicine and Applied Arts in Health and acts as a referee for several prominent publishing houses and major journals.

In 2013 he was appointed as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS).

In 2008 he was awarded a Lord Dearing Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

In 2007 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

Professor Crawford has attracted prestigious funding from AHRC, AHRC/RCUK, ESRC, The Leverhulme Trust and The British Academy. He has written over 100 publications including peer-reviewed papers or chapters and books such as: Communicating Care (1998), Politics and History in William Golding (2003), Evidence Based Research (2003), Storytelling in Therapy (2004), Evidence Based Health Communication (2006), Communication in Clinical Settings (2006), Madness in Post-1945 British and American Fiction (2010), and Health Humanities (2010). His major, critical work on the novelist William Golding was reviewed in the TLS and reprinted chapters appeared in the prestigious Bloom’s Guides (2004; 2008) in the US. He also wrote the entry on Golding in The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature (Oxford University Press, 2006). Evidence Based Research (2003) won a Highly Commended Award in the British Medical Association (BMA) Book Awards in 2004.