Participation in everyday life

Participation is a health and wellbeing outcome that occurs when an individual is involved in activities, within the context of their life, which provides that person with a sense of engagement. It is concerned with people, their occupations and their environment. This is reflected in our research activities which encompasses studies into:

  • People – impact of trauma (Dr Rebecca Twinley) and life transitions (Tanja Krizaj). 
  • Occupations – food as a lifestyle motivator (Miranda Cunningham), the lived experience of occupation (Dr Anne Roberts and Rosi Raine) and the case study database (Dr Katrina Bannigan and Dr Mary Birken).
  • Environment – dementia-friendly flying (Dr Alison Warren and Kate Turner) and homelessness (Miranda Cunningham and Leonie Boland).

We are also involved in the development and evaluation of complex interventions to increase participation in everyday life, i.e. Graduating Living Skills Outside of the Ward (GLOW) (Dr Mary Birken) and occupational therapy as intervention (Dr Katrina Bannigan and Dr Mary Birken).

We host the IHC Plymouth Public Health Forum

Alongside our research the group organises and hosts the occupational therapy and occupational science seminar series. Dr Anne Roberts is the Chair of Occupational Science Europe and we have three honorary professors associated with the group: Professors Jacqueline Akhurst (Rhodes University, South Africa), Clare Hocking (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand), and Karen Jacobs (Boston University, United States). The group has methodological expertise in: 

  • Auto/biography (Dr Rebecca Twinley is a member of the British Sociological Association Auto/Biography Study Group). 
  • Public engagement with people with dementia and their carers (Dr Alison Warren and Kate Turner are members of Prime Ministers Dementia Challenge Group for Air Transport).
  • Systematic reviews (Dr Katrina Bannigan is an accredited trainer with the Joanna Briggs Institute and a core member of the JBI Centre of Excellence at Plymouth University).    
  • Teaching research methods (Dr Katrina Bannigan is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Visiting Professor Riga Stradins University, Latvia).

Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science Seminar Series 2017/2018

This seminar series consists of presentations from internal and external speakers on occupational therapy and occupational science followed by discussion on the presentation. The 17/18 seminar list and previous seminar presentations can be found below.

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Occupation, citizenship and participation

Part of the IHC Seminar Series and Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science Seminar Series 2017/2018

Nick Pollard, Senior Lecturer Occupational Therapy, Sheffield University

Nick will cite research undertaken by him and his colleagues Hetty Fransen-Jaïbi, Ines Viana-Moldes, Sarah Kantartzis and Mubarak Ismail. 

For more information and registration, please follow think link  

Wednesday 25 April 2018



Testing complex interventions in health and social care. What is the point?

Dr Joanne Inman


Thursday 7 June 2018


Lecture Theatre 1: PAHC Building

Occupational Justice and Fine Motors skills of primary school Children

Dr Susan Mitchell

Research group members