Holly Crossen-White

Dr Holly Crossen-White

  • Lecturer (Academic) 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 issues related to personal health and wellbeing. A large part of my research, although not exclusively, has been evaluations of new approaches to delivering health care. I have collaborated with colleagues within HSC and across BU and particularly enjoy undertaking 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 recently been involved in developing a bird watching activity booklet for people living with dementia with the RSPB and the Alzheimer's Society. Other projects with the RSPB include research into the green prescribing and public events to engage the public and highlight the health benefits of green spaces.

Online historical digital archives is an additional area of research that relates to my PhD which was an historical study of drug taking...



Much of my previous research has focused on the health and wellbeing of individuals who are within the criminal justice system. I have a specific interest in the use of illicit drugs and have undertaken qualitative research with both adults and young people who are offending to support their drug dependency. My PhD gave me the opportunity to take an historical look at drug-taking behaviour focusing on the period when the supply or possession of named drugs became an offence. I was particularly interested in the ‘story’ of the drug consumer during this time of change. This gave me the opportunity to return to archival research and gain knowledge and experience of digital archives and The Times digital archive was a key source for my thesis. I believe digital archives are a fantastic research resource and I am keen to encourage both students and the wider public to engage with this source and make their own historical discoveries – health related or otherwise.

Health and wellbeing remains a key area of interest and particularly working with those who for whatever reason feel marginalized within the community. I am particularly keen to work in partnership with individuals or organisation outside academia.

Journal Articles



  • Crossen-White, H., Norton, E. and Hemingway, A., 2016. Creative Consultation: A community’s views on health & wellbeing. BU: BU.
  • 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). Awarded

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Bournemouth Natural Sciences Society Young Explorers Event
  • This off campus event involved a range of activities that would encourage young people (12years and under) to think about how they spend time outdoors, how important outdoor space is to them and others who they spend time with outdoors. Young people were invited to identify outdoor spaces that they use both within their local community but also further afield. The data gathered was used to make a short film which expresses the value young people place on accessing and using outdoor space, what they like to do when outdoors and who the like to spend time with outdoors. The event was delivered in collaboration with the RSPB, Bournemouth Bourough council (Parks) and SUBU.
  • Off campus event at the Kingfisher Barn to highligh current BU research into the value of Green Prescribing. The event will outline research into how the natural environment can improve health and wellbeing and aid recovery. In addition the event will offer the public opportunities to think about how they and those they know could use and enjoy the local natural environment. Lots of activities for visitors of all ages and levels of mobility to try.
  • Digital Archives: A window into the past
  • An off campus event held at Kingfisher Barn, Muscliff and arranged in partnership with the RSPB and Bournemouth Borough Council (Parks). The aim of the event was to encourage the public to consider the benefits that the natural environment have to personal health and wellbeing. The event drew attention to research into health and the natural environment and offered suggestion about how members of the public to spend more time enjoying the natural environment.

Conference Presentations

  • Culture Health and Wellbeing International Conference, 19 Jun 2017, Bristol

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


  • 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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