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Dr Holly Crossen-White

  • Senior Lecturer in Public Health
  • B240,
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I am currently the Programme Lead for MSc Public Health. I am also Unit lead on an undergraduate programme. Prior to becoming a lecturer, I was a Research Fellow and have undertaken a wide range of qualitative research projects. My research work has mainly focused upon public health issues. A large part of my research, although not exclusively, has been evaluations of new approaches to delivering health care. An example of this was the SAIL Project which was an EU research project which was funded under the Interreg 2 seas programme. The SAIL project used social innovation to review how services are delivered to older people to ensure they could more active lives.

I enjoy collaborating with colleagues within my Faculty and across Bournemouth University. I am also keen to undertake research with partners from outside academia. For example, I am currently involved with the RSPB on research that evaluates how contact with the natural environment can benefit an individual’s health and wellbeing...



I have undertaken qualitative research on public health issues for many years. Currently I am engaged in a three year project funded under the EU Interreg 2 Seas programme. The Staying Active and Independent for Longer (SAIL) project focuses on developing, through social innovation, interventions that will support older people to stay active and independent for longer.

I also have worked with charity organisations such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) on a range of research projects that look at how the natural environment can be used to improve the health and wellbeing of the population. I hold a particular interest in how prescription to nature can be effectively integrated into primary health care options.

Previously I have undertaken research into illicit drugs involving interviews with both adults and young people who were offending to support their drug dependency. This research work shaped my PhD which took an historical look at drug-taking behaviour focusing on the period when the supply or possession of named drugs became an offence in the UK. I was particularly interested in the ‘story’ of the drug consumer during this time of significant change and policy development.

My PhD research gave me the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience with digital archives as sources of data. I believe digital archives are a fantastic source to connect with the 'voice' of the past. I have several publications related to my research into digital archives and how young people learn from them...


Journal Articles




  • Crossen-White, H.L., 2012. Drug-related activity in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland between 1900 and 1922: what evidence can be found through systematic searches of the Times digital achive. PhD Thesis. Bournemouth University, School of Health and Social Care.


  • SAIL - Staying Active and Independent for Longer (European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, 01 May 2017). In Progress

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Charity Impact Showcase Event
  • ESRC Festival of the Social Sciences Public lecture: Using the natural environment to improve health and wellbeing.
  • Bournemouth Natural Sciences Society Young Explorers Event
  • Me and my Green space
  • Life by the River: A healthier future. An off campus event at the Kingfisher Barn
  • Life by the River: Past and Present. An off campus event held at Kingfisher Barn. a

Conference Presentations

  • RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2021, Discussing the Global need to rethink ageing and how to ensure a good quality of health and wellbeing in later life., 31 Aug 2021, Digital
  • RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2021, Well-being in the urban settings: A Discussion on Forest Bathing (shinrin-yoku) in towns, 31 Aug 2021, Digital
  • SAIL Conference, Results of the Feasibility Study undertaken during the SAIL Project, 06 Oct 2020, Online conference
  • Museums and digital memory: from creation and curation to digital presevation National Conference Programme, When digitsation met co-curation, or did it?, 03 Sep 2018, The British Museum
  • The European Conference on Arts and Humanities 2018, Japanese Ancient Arts and Shinrin-Yoku, 09 Jul 2018, Brighton
  • Edutainment 2017, 'I've never really been interested in history but...' Young peoples' views of online historical archives, 26 Jun 2017, Bournemouth University
  • Culture Health and Wellbeing International Conference, Using the Arts to consult the public on health and wellbeing, 19 Jun 2017, Bristol
  • British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Exploring female drug-taking during the First World War, 02 Jun 2013, Wolverhampton

Consultancy Activities

  • Wild Watching: A nature based activity pack for people living with dementia, Consultancy. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Alzheimer's Society, 05 Sep 2016


  • Accrediated Trainer in Making Every Contact Count (MEEC) (Wessex Public Health Network, 2019)
  • Fellow in Higher Education Academy (UK Higher Education Academy, 2019)
  • PG Cert in Education Practice (Bournemouth University, 2019)
  • PhD in Drug-taking in the UK between 1900-1922 (Bournemouth University, 2012)
  • BA (Hons) in Public Administration (Leicester Polytechinc, 1992)