Daisy Fancourt describes her groundbreaking research showing a significant association between engagement with the arts and positive health outcomes. In the context of the current pandemic, she makes a powerful case for the centrality of arts and culture for the recovery of individuals and societies.
Associate Professor of Psychobiology & Epidemiology
University College London, UK
Culture and Education
Dr Daisy Fancourt is Associate Professor of Psychobiology & Epidemiology and a Wellcome Research Fellow at University College London. Her work focuses on the effects of social, cultural, and community engagement on health and has been recognised with multi-million pound research funding and over a dozen national and international research awards. Dr Fancourt is a consultant to the World Health Organisation on arts and health, recently publishing a report of a synthesis of 3,500 studies on arts and health that was named the Global Aesthetic Achievement of 2019. She has also been named a BBC New Generation Thinker and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.