Our research

Our research aims to generate the evidence, insight and knowledge that hold the key to improving population health.

Jointly funded by The Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office (CSO), and as part of the University of Glasgow, we take a world-changing outlook to the potential of our research. Our six research programmes focus on the prevention of ill-health across the whole population.

Our multidisciplinary team develops and applies the latest research methods to help us to understand what is happening, identify mechanisms that can bring about change, and develop and assess policies and programmes designed to improve health and reduce inequalities.

Four of our research programmes reflect the key areas which critically shape the health and wellbeing of populations and where efforts to improve health can be focussed. These are the relationships we have with friends, colleagues and family; the settings and organisations where we spend much of our time; the places in which we live; and, at the broadest level, the local, national and international institutions that shape our lives through legislation and economic and social policy.

Our two other research programmes focus on perspectives and methods that are integral to our work across the other programmes. These are the complexity of multiple and interdependent influences on health and of actions to improve health, and a commitment to measure, understand, and reduce inequalities.

Click on the links below to find out more about our research programmes.

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