Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

About Occupational Science

  • Occupational Science views humans as occupational and creative beings and if they are unable to fulfil their occupational and creative potential they appear to become susceptible to ill health. Occupational Scientists are interested in the development of research that emphasises the variety of ways in which people are occupied and the impact occupational engagement has on their bodies, selves and communities. By adopting an occupational perspective of humans and health, it is recognised that participation in occupation is dependent on the individual’s abilities and desires, which occupations the individual needs or wants to engage in as well as environmental features.

    The Oxford Society of Occupational Science (OSOS) was founded to gain a deeper understanding of the experience of human beings with occupation, their subjective world and its link to health and well-being. OSOS aims to extend our current understanding of occupation as a synthesis of doing, being, becoming, belonging (Wilcock and Hocking, 2015) and its role as an agent of population health.

    There is general consensus in the occupational science literature that participation in meaningful occupation may enhance a person’s health and subjective experience of well-being, but more empirical evidence is needed. Furthermore, the Oxford Society of Occupational Science is committed to develop occupation-focused interventions to contribute to national as well as international clinical practice.