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Our programmes

Our cross-disciplinary research studies cover four broad thematic areas:

  • Children, families and young people
  • Marginalised communities
  • Innovation in Scottish Health Services
  • Strengthening global health systems
Citizenship, recovery, inclusive society partnership (CRISP)

The Centre for Health Policy is working with New York University, Yale, the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Mental Health Foundation, Ulm University and the Finnish Association for Mental Health to tackle health and social inequalities for people experiencing mental ill health.

The CRISP project runs from 2016 to 2019. This transatlantic network connects leading EU and US partners to share and build upon state-of-the-art knowledge and programmes in the key dimensions of social inclusion and mental health - citizenship, recovery, stigma and public policy.

It involves a series of international exchanges, including conferences, policy forums and creative arts events involving policy makers, practitioners, academics and people with lived experience of people with mental health problems.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 690954.

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Health and human rights participatory research programme

The Centre for Health Policy is undertaking research in partnership with NHS Health Scotland, Glasgow Homelessness Network, Mental Health Foundation and the Alliance on what a human rights-based approach to health means in Scotland.

We undertook this research with marginalised groups. These groups struggle to achieve equal rights of access to health services, or to good health. This is due to:

  • health conditions that they experience, and/or 
  • social conditions and circumstances that are unequal and disadvantageous to health status and access.

The study uses a participatory action research approach to explore what a human rights approach to health means in practice, and how we can enable meaningful participation of marginalised groups in health care. Peer researchers have undertaken focus group research with over 80 people who are either experiencing homelessness or are asylum seekers/refugees.

The findings are helping to inform health and human rights policy in Scotland.

Citizenship project

We have a 5-year work partnership with Yale centring around a shared interest in citizenship and human rights for those with mental health problems and other life disruptions. 

This includes the development of specific research proposals, as well as on-going exchange visits to share the experiences of both staff and those with lived experience.

Drawing upon work carried out by the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health, this project involves developing a tool for measuring the transition from marginalisation to full community membership of people who have experienced a life disruption.

The tool is being informed through participatory research with people who have a life disruption and will measure the extent to which individuals are able to fully participate as citizens within their communities.

Supporting asylum seeking women in accessing maternity care services

We are undertaking a project in partnership with British Red Cross on maternity services for asylum seeking women.

The study seeks to identify:

  • current roles and responsibilities of statutory services
  • any challenges and gaps in the provision of information these services
  • the impact of these challenges on asylum seeking women and coping strategies used by women 
  • and to make recommendations for effective policy and practice.
Addressing anti-biotic resistance in low-income countries

DRIVE-AB (Driving reinvestment in research and development and responsible antibiotic use) is a project composed of 16 public and 7 private partners from 12 countries that is funded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI).

IMI is a joint undertaking between the European Union and the European Pharmaceutical Industry Association (EFPIA).

It is established to search and provide answers to the following areas that are critical to the future success of healthcare globally:

  • Reducing antimicrobial resistance through responsible antibiotic use
  • identifying how, through new economic models, to incentivise the discovery and development of new novel antibiotics for use now and in the future. 
MRHS (Modelling resilience to Health Shocks)
MRHS is a small EPSRC funded study on how to model the financial sustainability of community health insurance schemes.  We will build a “management flight simulator” using System Dynamics to explore how decisions about the design of such insurance programmes impact on the growth of the enrollee base, the inflow of funds from premiums and the outflow of funds to meet claims.  Our modelling work is informed by empirical work in Bangladesh and our partners are iccddr,b and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
HEE (Health Economic Elicitation)

HEE (Health Economic Elicitation) is a Medical Research Council funded study coordinated by the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York

It aims to develop a reference protocol for eliciting judgements from experts to guide economic appraisals of medical technologies in settings where empirical evidence is incomplete or not relevant to the question at hand. 

The work draws on the widely recognised expertise in the Department of Management Science on structured expert judgement, which hosts a COST Action on this topic.

Getting By - young people’s experiences of poverty and stigma

Tackling poverty and social inequalities is of great interest to contemporary society. Growing up in poverty has devastating effects on young people's wellbeing, health and education, and likely to lead to long-term disadvantages and marginalisation.

In the context of the current economic austerity, welfare reform and consequences for service provision, this study will examine young people’s experiences of poverty and stigma in urban deprived areas. It will focus specifically on documenting young people's everyday lives and marginal position, at the intersection of ethnicity, class and gender.

Focussing on young people aged 12-18, the study will provide a unique understanding on their long-term experiences of stigma, marginalisation and disadvantage, exploring also the social networks which help them ‘get by’. The study will be innovative by giving young people a voice in the current debates on social justice and inequality, and by making connections between policy discourses of social inclusion and young people's experiences of marginalisation.

Improving Health, Happiness and Wellbeing in the Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood

The Royal Society of Edinburgh Scotland Foundation has funded a systematic review of empirical evaluations of population interventions intended to improve health, happiness and wellbeing or reduce inequalities for young people undergoing the transition to adulthood. Anna Macintyre from the Centre for Health Policy is part of a research consortium working on this review. 

The consortium is led by the Mental Health Foundation Scotland, and involves partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University, the University of Stirling, the University of Edinburgh and Children in Scotland

The aim of the review is to review and synthesise the evidence on population-level interventions across a comprehensive range of areas relevant to the health and wellbeing of adolescents in developed countries, and with a particular focus on evidence relevant to the Scottish context.