Dr Katey Warran

ECRED Research Fellow


I am an arts and health researcher and social scientist. I am Deputy Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Research on the Experience of Dementia (ECRED), as well as a Research Fellow in the Centre. My primary role is to lead on developing research to sustain the Centre’s research portfolio, with a specific remit of designing a new programme of research drawing on the arts and creativity. Alongside my post at ECRED, I am also a Research Fellow in Social Science at University College London (UCL) and Deputy Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Arts & Health, based at UCL. I have worked on a range of different arts and health research projects, including exploring dance for young people with anxiety (as Principal Investigator, funded by the UKRI), singing for those with postnatal depression (with the WHO), singing for those affected by cancer, and performing arts activities for hospital patients. I am also also interested in the application of research to policy and have authored reports for the DCMS and Arts Council England, and am a Trustee for Arts Culture Health and Wellbeing Scotland (ACHWS) and member of the Research Committee at Scottish Ballet. Whilst my PhD was in sociology, I see myself as an interdisciplinary researcher who draws upon a range of disciplines in my work to examine the complex relationship between the arts and health, including social psychology, performance science, implementation science, and philosophy, to give a few examples. I am also particularly interested in how group arts engagement can support social cohesion and improve social relationships.


PhD, University of Edinburgh, Sociology (AHRC funded)

MSc, Royal College of Music, Performance Science (Distinction)

BA (Hons), University of Sheffield, Philosophy and Biblical Studies

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