About the Public Health and Wellbeing Research Group

Our research takes a contemporary, interdisciplinary approach to public health, drawing upon social, human, environmental, biomedical and political sciences, and centred around the socio-ecological model of health. It is applied and translational – adding to the evidence base for public health policy and practice.

Research themes

Public health research at UWE Bristol has a track record in delivering public health applied research around four themes:

  • Environment and sustainability for health improvement.
  • Inequality, disadvantage and public policy.
  • Community development and community involvement.
  • Evaluating complex interventions and public health economics.


Funders include:

  • EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council).
  • Medical Research Council.
  • National Institute for Health Research.
  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
  • BIG Lottery.
  • Public Health England.
  • UK Charities.
  • UK Central Government, Local and Health Authorities.

Our ethos

Our research themes support a multidisciplinary approach to the study of public health. They are located within complex contemporary public health contexts, where public health policy and practice are shaped and operationalised across different sectors and settings.

Our approach to research reflects a socio-ecological model and the broad ethos of public health expressed by the WHO in its settings approach to health promotion. Research in public health and wellbeing reflects systems thinking, partnership working and synergies between different professional and academic contributions to public health. Our research is translational and aspires to contribute to real world scenarios, therefore aiming to enable ethical and reflexive contributions to policy and practice.

The group supports and promotes best practice in recruitment, retention and promotion of staff via the Athena SWAN initiative. Athena SWAN addresses gender inequalities in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine in higher education. The University and the Department of Applied Sciences, based in the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences, have recently achieved Athena SWAN Bronze Awards.

For more information, please contact: Professor Jane Powell.

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