Holly Crossen-White

Dr Holly Crossen-White

  • Lecturer In Public Health
  • Bournemouth House B240, 19 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3LH
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My background is in qualitative research and my 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. My current involvement in an EU research project under the Interreg 2 seas programme is a good example of such research activity.

I enjoy collaborating with colleagues within my Faculty and also across Bournemouth University and am particularly 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 am also extremely interested in the use of technology in both research and education practice. Within research I first used online historical digital archives as a data source for my PhD. This was an historical study of drug taking that focused upon the first decades of the twentieth century and how individuals consumed drugs prior to and immediately following the introduction of criminal penalties for the supply or possession of named drugs in the UK...



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., Hemingway, A. and Norton, E., 2016. Creative Consultation: A community’s views on health & well being: Evaluation Report. Website: Arts South West.
  • Warr, J., Page, M. and Crossen-White, H., 2005. The appropriate use of CCTV observation in a secure unit. Poole, England: Bournemouth University.
  • Sharkey, S., Sharples, A. and Crossen-White, H., 2001. Clinical Risk Management in Mental Health: Team Based Learning. The Development and Evaluation of a Learning Pack. Poole, England: Bournemouth University.
  • Crossen-White, H., Galvin, K.T., Gibson, S., Heidari, F. and Morgan, O., 2000. Nottinghamshire Drug Treatment and Criminal Justice Partnerships Evaluation.. Bournemouth: Bournemouth University.
  • Galvin, K.T., Crossen-White, H. and Jackson, D., 1999. An evaluation of the Second Chance Arrest Referral Scheme: a report commissioned by the Dorset Drug Action Team.. Poole, England: Bournemouth University.


  • 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

  • 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


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