Professor Norma Daykin

Norma Daykin is a social scientist with an extensive track record of research and evaluation in the field of arts, health and wellbeing. She is Professor in the Institute of New Social Research at the University of Tampere, Finland, visiting Professor at the University of Winchester, UK, and Professor Emerita, Arts in Health at the University of the West of England, UK.

Professor Daykin’s research has examined the role of music and arts across the life span and in many settings, including health, social care, education, justice and the military. She is currently a coresearcher on the ESRC funded What Works for Wellbeing Culture and Sport Evidence Review ( Professor Daykin has twice received the Royal Society of Public Health’s award for innovative and significant contributions to arts and health research and was a founding editor of Arts & Health: An international journal for research, policy and practice published by Taylor & Francis.

Norma is also a musician whose work is informed by her experience of leading community music projects. Hence her work extends beyond research to policy and practice development. She has coproduced the ESRC funded ‘Creative and Credible’ project, is the author of Public Health England’s Arts and Health Evaluation Framework and has served as an advisor to the UK All – Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Arts, Health and Wellbeing.