The UST College of Rehabilitation Sciences partnered with the University of Chichester in the United Kingdom in an ongoing effort to foster international research collaboration and recognize the research expertise of our Thomasian Physical Therapists. The signing of a research collaboration agreement in August was represented by the Center for Health Research Movement Sciences Supervisor Prof. Valentin C. Dones, III, Ph.D., and Physical Therapy Department Chairperson Asst. Prof. Donald G. Manlapaz, Ph.D.
Within the framework of this agreement, the two institutions will collaborate on the “Posthuman Walking Project (PWP).” The PWP aims to explore the significance of walks in various cultural and socioeconomic contexts, considering factors such as location, climate, and purpose. These walks encompass both work-related and leisurely strolls.
This research endeavor involves five partner universities in Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, and the UK. Each of these universities will select up to two partner-walkers who will play a central role in the research process throughout the project’s initial year and beyond. These chosen walkers will represent diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and will bring forth their experiences with pain, including musculoskeletal pain and conditions like Fibromyalgia and Long COVID.
Funding for the Posthuman Walking Project (PWP) is generously provided by the Landscape Research Group (LRG) 2023 Research Fund under the theme of Landscapes and Care. Information regarding the project can be accessed through this link: https://posthumanwalkingproject.com/about-2/