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In this pillar, colleagues from a range of disciplines will apply complementary methods, skill sets and research approaches to address contemporary challenges affecting health and wellbeing across all social groups.

Such challenges and research subjects include, but are not limited to:

  • Addressing contemporary social issues affecting communities locally, nationally, and globally
  • Obesity
  • Ageing populations
  • Mental health
  • Engaging disadvantaged, peripheral communities (concerning issues such as race, gender, ethnicity, homelessness, mental illness)
  • Diet and physical activity
  • Ethics, faith, wellbeing, and physical activity.

Our colleagues will generate new knowledge and create original insight to enhance our understanding of factors that come to bear on these challenges and their impacts. We will then apply and make use of this knowledge and understanding to inform practical solutions and interventions as we strive to improve lives and lived experiences.

The impacts of our research will be realised at multiple levels from the individual person, to within our local communities, as well as nationally and internationally, working with existing and new external partners and organisations, and making sure we contribute to ongoing national and international debates through active dissemination of our findings.