The Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies (ALCNS) has established a new research programme referred to as SalUtogenic Nursing Research (SUN Research) in April 2016.

Research Programme Aim

Implementing Interventions Impacting a Healthier Community.

Theoretical Model for the Research Programme

The SUN Research programme uses Salutogenic theoretical orientation to health and well-being as its basic theoretical framework. In the late 1970s, salutogenesis was first described by Aaron Antonovsky, a medical sociologist who was interested in stress theory. Although stress is a natural part of life, Antonovsky believed that it is important to focus on salutogenic orientation and within this, his concept of Sense of Coherence. Using the Salutogenic framework, it was reported how health investigations should focus on what causes good health, instead on what causes disease. The Salutogenic theory is today being adopted as the over-arching theory which encompasses all the concepts and models that support positive health development of individuals and the community as shown in Figure 1. This Figure shows the numerous concepts that today are seen to be connected to positive health developments.

Research Themes

Our research programme includes three themes which addresses the key research agenda of Singapore and the National University of Singapore. In each of the themes, research projects being undertaken will have three distinct focuses as shown in the Table below. In addition, research projects will embed health and well-being of the community/population in any healthcare or educational setting as well as innovations in education.

Each research theme will be facilitated by a Convenor.

Collaborating Research Centre

The ALCNS is collaborating with the Center for Health Promotion Research (, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Dragvoll, Throndheim, Norway on salutogenic research projects.