Daisy Fancourt

Daisy's research focuses on the effects of social and community participation on health, with a particular interest in the effects of arts and cultural engagement. Her research explores the effects community participation on neuroendocrine and immune response, the benefits of targeted community programmes for specific clinical populations, and the health and social impact of community engagement at a population level.

Her Wellcome Fellowship is exploring the relationships between cultural and community participation and health outcomes across the lifespan through secondary data analysis of UCL cohort studies. The project is supported by a steering group comprising representatives from Public Health England, Public Health Wales, NHS Health Scotland, Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales, Creative Scotland, the Royal Society for Public Health, the What Works Centre for Wellbeing and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Daisy is also Principal Investigator of the MARCH Network: a £1.25m national programme funded by UK Research and Innovation as pat of the Mental Health Network Plus scheme. MARCH brings together over 600 researchers, policy makers, funders, commissioners, community and third sector organisations, and service users groups and has the aim of transforming our understanding of how social, cultural and community assets support mental health. www.MARCHNetwork.org