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Dr Michael Tan PhD, MA, BFA

Associate Professor


Summary

My research interest explores art and design practices in relation to health & well-being, care, ageing, and human flourishing. Inspired by assemblage theory, I am interested to explore the role of creative practice in shaping culture of care in various care settings and the wider context of medical/ health humanities and health communication.

About

I joined Lab4Living at Sheffield Hallam University as an Associate Professor in Art and Design in 2020; contributing to the lab’s ongoing work on the 100 Year Life & the Future Home as well as Post-graduate education development. My ongoing collaborations include The Repository for Arts and Health Resources project led by Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, Canterbury Christ Church University; The A-health Project (Mcgill University- Nanyang Technological University). I keen to explore collaboration or supervise projects related, but not limited to the following lines of inquiry:

  • The Future of Care and wellbeing
  • Wonderment and Wellbeing
  • Therapeutic engagements/ experience (e.g. technology-inspired participatory)
  • Therapeutic Objects
  • Communicating Health

Teaching

Social Sciences and Arts

Research

Current Projects

My research interests include:

  • Arts, Design and Culture for Health and Wellbeing
  • Creative Ageing
  • Socially-Engaged Art and Design
  • Health/ Medical Humanities
  • Art and design in Medicine Education
  • Arts-based Social/ Health Research / Visual Methods
  • Art & design-based Health Communication

Publications

Tan, M. (2018). Connecting reminiscence, art making and cultural heritage: A pilot art-for-dementia care programme. Journal of Applied Arts & Health, 9 (1), 25-36. http://doi.org/10.1386/jaah.9.1.25_1

Ho, A.H.Y., Ma, S.H.X., Tan, M.K.B., & Bajpai, R.C. (n.d.). A Randomized Waitlist-Controlled Trial of an Intergenerational Arts and Heritage-Based Intervention in Singapore: Project ARTISAN. Frontiers in Psychology, 12. http://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.730709

Conference papers

Seah, C.E.L., & Tan, M.T.K.B. MATCHLINK - A MULTI-SENSORIAL GAME FOR PERSONS WITH DEMENTIA. Proceedings of the DESIGN 2018 15th International Design Conference. http://doi.org/10.21278/idc.2018.0158

Book chapters

(2020). In GeoHumanities and Health. Springer International Publishing: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-21406-7_14

Postgraduate supervision

I am keen to explore collaboration or supervise projects related, but not limited to the following lines of inquiry:

  • The Future of Care and Wellbeing
  • Wonderment and Wellbeing
  • Therapeutic engagements/ experience (e.g. technology-inspired participatory)
  • Therapeutic Objects
  • Communicating Health
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