Health is affected by more than just individual decisions. It is shaped by economic, social, and cultural forces. Researchers in our group have a range of interests under this theme.
People’s health decisions and wellbeing can be informed by their identities: national, political, class, and how those fit with the communities they live in. Researchers in the School helped to advise public health on this during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Trust in healthcare providers, science, and government is vital to persuade people to engage in positive health behaviours. Researchers in the institute are interested in why people do and don’t trust health advice and the consequences of this.
Good health and access to care are not fairly distributed. Our group research such health inequalities and study ways that health can be made fairer.
Researchers in the Institute for Wellbeing Research work on health across the lifespan, from childhood to old age, to understand how people can lead happier and healthier lives.