There are two aims within the Health Promotion, Policy, and Practice (HPPP) research area. The first is to foster and support a collaborative and empowering environment for the development, implementation, and dissemination of a balanced portfolio of high quality research and evaluation projects at local, national, and European/international levels related to all areas of health promotion, policy, and practice. The second is to develop research capacity and skills in evidence-based health promotion, policy, and practice through research-led teaching and the co-production of knowledge across complementary professional and academic disciplines.
Our research is underpinned strongly by a commitment to making a difference or a social impact often around social justice and inclusion, and tackling disadvantage as it relates to health. Much of our research is collaborative, participatory, and based broadly on the settings approach to health promotion. The settings approach emphasises a key shift away from a reductionist and pathogenic focus on individual health problems, risk factors, and linear causality. Instead, such an approach focuses more on salutogenic perspectives to the creation of positive health assets including supportive environments and social conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. Healthy settings are where people actively use and shape the environment within larger social (including global) structures.
We are therefore interested in research that explores how settings can create or solve problems relating to health, and how they can function as complex and inter-linked systems which can impact (positively and negatively) on health behaviours and status. We are also interested in evaluating interventions, actions, and/or policies through the use of mixed methodologies that can deepen our understanding of how and why different interventions work in particular contexts and at different times, and in different places.