Research themes

Public health research at UWE has a track record in delivering a wide range of public health applied research around four key themes.

Environment and sustainability for health improvement

Taking a socio-ecological approach to public health, research in this theme centres on how the promotion of healthy and sustainable environments can impact on population level health and wellbeing.

Theme Lead: Dr Paul Pilkington

Inequality, disadvantage and public policy

Historically, the study of social science and medicine has been very influential in the development of public health and wellbeing research, policy and practice. Research under this theme considers how inequalities and disadvantage influence health and wellbeing in society. 

Theme Lead: Dr Stuart McClean

Community development and community involvement

Community development is community-based activity initiated at grassroots level to shape and determine change in the health and wellbeing of communities. It is driven by a set of core principles, specific skills and a knowledge base covering human rights, social inclusion, equality and diversity. Community development builds capacity and resources by bringing community groups, organisations and networks together with institutions and agencies (public, private and non-governmental) to work in dialogue with citizens.

We involve members of the public and communities in our research and recognise political, ideological and philosophical dimensions of public health all have relevance to understanding and interpreting the global, national and local contexts.

Theme Lead: Mr Matthew Jones

Evaluating complex interventions and public health economics

Interventions in Public Health are often complex – in terms of the various components that make up the intervention, multiple outcome measures, or the various levels at which the intervention is aimed (e.g. individuals and communities).

Evaluating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions is critical to evidence-based practice, commissioning and policy. Our team brings together epidemiologists and health economists, who have strong links with real world Public Health, to overcome the challenges of evaluating complex community interventions. We have experience of conducting trials and working with stakeholders within settings outside of the NHS, and expertise in all forms of economic analysis: cost-savings, cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness, cost-utility and cost-consequences to the NHS, the public sector and to society as a whole (Social Return on Investment).

Theme Lead: Dr Issy Bray

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