The Harmony Institute

The idea that human beings can live in harmony with the cosmos underpins many of the esoteric traditions of east and west, of old world and new. It is also an idea which underpins much modern environmental thought, as well as practice in health studies, education, business and architecture. The Harmony Institute is tasked with developing the critical exploration and application of such ideas within the University.

Director Dr Nicholas Campion

The Harmony Institute's work originates in the Harmony Initiative which held a series of conferences in the University in 2016, 2017 and 2018, working with the Harmony Professors of Practice, David Cadman, Tony Juniper and John Sauven. The Institute also works with the wider Harmony Project.

Our working definition of Harmony is taken from David Cadman, one of the University’s Harmony Professors of Practice: 

What is ‘Harmony’?

David Cadman 23 May 2017

‘Harmony is an expression of wholeness, a way of looking at ourselves and the world of which we are part.  It’s about connections and relationships.  The emotional, intellectual and physical are all connected.  We are connected to our environments, both built and natural; and all the parts of our communities and their environments are connected, too.  Harmony asks questions about relationship, justice, fairness and respect in economic, social and political relationships.  As an integrative discipline it can be expressed in ideas and practice'.

The Harmony Institute's programme until 2021/2022 envisages the development and examnation of Harmony principles within academic contexts, including historical and philosophical perspectives as well as in education, health studies, business and the built environment.