Even in an era that has seen extraordinary improvements in human health from the application of biomedicine, a range of significant health challenges remain. These challenges involve interactions between social, cultural, environmental and biological factors, many of which operate globally as well as locally.
During the Centre’s first three years, we have focused on establishing transformative research and engagement programmes, developing partnerships with policy-makers and creative organisations, building an open research culture, and recruiting doctoral students, early career researchers, and senior staff.
Committed to engaged research that enables health and well-being, our projects have brought researchers, public partners, and health organisations together to address key health challenges, including: the health impacts of loneliness and social isolation; the value of different forms of evidence in health policy; the impact of relationships on children’s health; and community access to – and involvement in – research and data governance.
The next few years of our research will allow us to address further the health impacts of social and environmental inequalities, specifically through projects on health across the life course, ageing and dying, co-creating healthy cities, and recovering from – or living with – the social and cultural impacts of COVID-19. These research programmes will enable us to fully embed engagement and impact in our work locally, nationally and internationally, build training and career pathways in transdisciplinary research, and strengthen our commitment to an inclusive research culture.
The Directors’ Team