Tristi is the a Senior Lecturer in the Public Health team at Canterbury Christ Church University. She teaches on the BSc (Hons) Health Studies Suite and MSc Public Health Programmes and is Programme Director to the BSc (Hons) Health Studies/Health Promotion/Public Health and also the new BSc (Hons)Public Health and Health Promotion programme.
Prior to joining the team in 2013, she worked an occupational health nurse (RN) and public health specialist practitioner (SCPHN - OH). Having worked in a variety of publicly and privately owned settings for the past 20+ years, her scholarship explores how flourishing and wellbeing can be achieved and measured in a variety of workplace and community settings.
Research and knowledge exchange
Tristi is currently undertaking research into the Motivations of Volunteers at a Community Folk Festival, examining to community and connectedness for wellbeing. This is a Sidney De Haan Centre for Arts and Health Research Project, where she is an associate.
Tristi is a Visiting Fellow of the Institute of Public Policy and Professional Practice at Edge Hill University, where she has has collaborated with Professor Owen Evans to develop an arts and wellbeing network and produce two symposia entitled ‘Breaking Out of the Temples of Culture’. The purpose of the symposia was to bring practitioners, artists, participants and academics into a single space to highlight examples of best practice and to highlight innovative arts, health and wellbeing work from around the UK. These include; National Theatre of Wales, Project Artworks, and the Kent County Council commissioned Arts and Public Health Project, 6 ways to Wellbeing for Children provided by Artswork and Royal Opera House Bridge.
Additionally, Tristi is extending her pre-existing interests in workplace wellbeing to consider how wellbeing and flourishing may be enhanced in school settings
Teaching and subject expertise
Tristi has subject knowledge and expertise in health promotion, community development, health protection, environment and health and working in and for health.
She has completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Publications and research outputs
Brownett, T. and Evans, O. (2019), 'Finding common ground: the conception of community arts festivals as spaces for placemaking', Health and Place (in press) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1353829219305830?via%3Dihub
Robinson, S. and Brownett, T. (2018) 'Educating public health champions'. Health Education Journal [online] https://doi.org/10.1177/0017896918786016
Brownett, T. (2018) Social capital and participation: the role of community arts festivals for generating wellbeing. Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 9 (1). pp 71-84 doi: 10.1386/jaah.9.1.71_1
Brownett, T. (2017) Recollections of managing the health of migrants in a blue-collar workplace. Occupational Health and Wellbeing, 69 (1). pp. 27-29.
Brownett, T. (2015) Improving wellbeing at work. Occupational Health: A Journal for Occupational Health Nurses, 67 (4). pp. 24-26.