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A message from the director

The Open University Health & Wellbeing strategic research area brings together an impressive multi-disciplinary team of colleagues from across the OU with external collaborators from the wider academy, industry, government, policy and practice in a bid to work together to address local, national and international health challenges. If you are interested in knowing more about this strategic research area or are interested in working with us, please contact us.

Dr Sarah Earle has worked in several UK Universities and joined the Open University in 2005. She has held a number of senior roles and is currently Director of the University’s strategic research area in Health & Wellbeing. Dr Earle is a medical sociologist by background with specialist expertise in reproduction, sex and health. She leads the Sexual and Reproductive Rights research theme (HYPERLINK TO URL) and has published over 100 academic papers, books and book sections in this field. Dr Earle has investigated a number of areas including fertility and contraception, pregnancy and childbirth, infant feeding and facilitated and paid-for-sex. Her most recent projects have focused on supporting the sexual rights of people with life-limiting conditions (funded by Together for Short Lives in collaboration with Hospice UK), pre-conception care for women with pre-existing diabetes (funded by NIHR HTA) and contraceptive choices for women with learning disabilities (funded by Open Societies Foundation).

Health and Wellbeing Executive Committee

Dr Sarah Earle

Dr Sarah Earle

Dr Hannah R. Marston

Dr Hannah R. Marston
Research Fellow

Ms Gaynor Henry-Edwards

Ms Gaynor Henry-Edwards
Senior Manager, Research Funding

Health & Wellbeing Board Members

  • Duncan Banks STEM
  • Martin Bootman STEM
  • Tim Coughlan IET
  • Sarah Earle Director, WELS
  • Gini Harrison FASS
  • Gaynor Henry-Edwards WELS
  • Simon Holland STEM
  • Richard Holti FBL
  • Peg Katritzky FASS
  • Ben Langdown WELS
  • Hannah Marston Research Fellow, WELS
  • Suzanne Newcombe FASS
  • Nathanial Owen WELS
  • Allan Third STEM