Co-production: an Arts in Health Approach


24/10/2024 - 25/10/2024

Organised by:

University of Glasgow (an NCRM Centre Partner)


Dr Nadia Ncube and Nakai Dziya


Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)


Penny White
NCRM Centre Manager
02380 594539


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This course will introduce participants to arts in health as a field of study. This will be used to frame co-production in social health research. It will provide a background into the theories behind co-production as a research method, which sits in the anthropological field by its immersive nature. This pedagogy will provide a background to social policy and menstrual health, taking a closer look at menstrual artivism artefacts as a form of qualitative data.

The course will discuss global rites of passage and their role in cultural identity formation – examining how these can play a positive role but also be detrimental to individual agency. The course will employ narrative reasoning as a co-production method to capture qualitative data on rites of passage as participants will draw from personal experience and use storytelling as a both a data collection method and therapeutic medium. The process will give participants an understanding of how creative therapies align with radical scientific advocacy for global majority peoples within social structures that can disenfranchise non-western ways of living, thinking and existing. By looking at the lived experience of course participants in this way, the phenomenogical aspect will enrich these findings and ensure a vested interest in outcomes and taking the practice forward.

There will be a dance movement therapy practical on the second day followed by a co-productive  think-aloud session that can inform best practice in different fields and backgrounds. An Occupational Therapy model that examines Person, Environment and Occupation using a frame of reasoning that looks at Meaning, Form and Function will underpin the scientific reasoning to empower participants in their understanding of self and individuals within community. 


By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand what arts in health research is.
  • Have a good grasp of how to apply co-production in respective disciplines to collect qualitative data.


Course format:

Please note that accommodation may be required as this in-person course is spread across one and a half days.

Day 1: 24th October - 9am - 5pm

Day 2: 25th October - 9am - 12.30pm



Dr Nadia Ncube is a menstrual activist and emerging mental health scholar at the University of Glasgow. Her PhD, Menstruation Matters: (De)constructing menstrual preparation as reproductive labour work in rural Zimbabwe considers the evolving roles of the family, schools, the state and third sector in equipping girls to 'manage' menstruation. She was awarded the McNamara Education Grant for this work.  Dr Nadia founded a charity, Save the Girl Child Movement, in 2015 that provides free period products to girls in Zimbabwe. In 2022 she was selected for the Colin Murray Award for Postdoctoral Research in Southern Africa to build on her menstrual research and disseminate the findings. Her pilot podcast "Menstruation Matters", named after her PhD, interviews a woman with endometriosis about her journey to diagnosis and was funded by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. 

Nakai Dziya is a qualified Occupational Therapist (OT) holds a Master of Science in Dance Movement Psychotherapy from the University of Derby. Nakai has worked with children and young people and travelled both at home and abroad with dance ministry. Nakai has worked within Sensory Integration, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Forensic Learning Disability and Neuropsychiatry. She is passionate about promoting mental health among survivors of trauma where she finds changing the embodied experience and mindset of people especially rewarding. Using her experience as an OT to underpin her psychotherapeutic work, Nakai believes that even in small increments and movement, a person can experience great breakthrough in their lives. She makes use of creative arts to maximise therapeutic output as part of her integrative approach as a Transpersonal Transcultural Trauma Specialist. 



The fee per teaching day is £35 per day for students / £75 per day for staff working for academic institutions, Research Councils and other recognised research institutions, registered charity organisations and the public sector / £250 per day for all other participants. In the event of cancellation by the delegate a full refund of the course fee is available up to two weeks prior to the course. NO refunds are available after this date. If it is no longer possible to run a course due to circumstances beyond its control, NCRM reserves the right to cancel the course at its sole discretion at any time prior to the event. In this event every effort will be made to reschedule the course. If this is not possible or the new date is inconvenient a full refund of the course fee will be given. NCRM shall not be liable for any costs, losses or expenses that may be incurred as a result of its cancellation of a course, including but not limited to any travel or accommodation costs. The University of Southampton’s Online Store T&Cs also continue to apply.

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Participatory Action Research (PAR), Phenomenology, Arts in Health Research

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Participatory Action Research (PAR)

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