Our current projects

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Addressing inequalities in ‘Children in Need’: A population linkage study to inform policy

This project aims to develop a better understanding of the drivers of inequalities in child welfare outcomes, and the subsequent consequences for health and education. It will deliver new evidence on pathways to inequalities in “Children in Need” (CiN), and will identify policy entry points, allowing the development of better policies to tackle inequalities in social care. Read more
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Theorising and measuring intervention agency, and exploring relationships with intervention effectiveness, equity and acceptability

This project will develop theory concerning how agency is exerted and the different actors required for population interventions to achieve their effects. It will design a new tool to categorise population interventions based on the degree of agency required of all relevant actors, and apply it to systematically reviewed studies of population interventions for diet and physical activity. Read more
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Public perceptions of the health risks of climate change and priorities for action

This project aims to provide evidence on people’s perceptions of the health risks of climate change and their priorities for action and, thereby, to help to inform national policies and local action plans to reduce climate-change related risks to health. Read more
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Wider societal benefits (WSBs) of public health interventions

This new project aims to assess the use of WSBs in the economic evaluation of public health interventions. It will also assess how prioritisation of policies based on health and WSBs combined impacts on population health and health inequality compared with prioritisation based on health gains alone. Read more
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Assessing the longer-term impact of standardised packaging of tobacco

This project aims to evaluate the longer-term impact of standardised packaging and how it impacts on health inequalities in smoking. As well as looking at the impact on warning salience, pack and brand appeal, harm perceptions, cognitive and emotional response to smoking, it will also examine cessation-related behaviours, and variations by socio-economic status. Read more
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Changing lifestyle risk behaviours in disadvantaged groups: evidence synthesis

Interventions to support healthy lifestyles in disadvantaged groups are essential if improvements in their health are to match and outstrip those in the wider population. This project will determine which interventions are likely to be effective (and ineffective) with which groups and identify barriers and facilitators to adopting healthy lifestyles. Read more