Global understanding, enabling change
At Glasgow we work together to understand, and address, the processes that generate inequalities and their profound effects on individuals, communities and populations across the world.
Inequality, deprivation and marginalisation have many causes. In Glasgow, we recognise that a one-size-fits-all answer does not exist, and we work to find appropriate, sustainable solutions.
We work with communities, governments and international organisations to evaluate and develop policies and action that seek to create fairer societies.
For example, our award-winning research and learning programme, GoWell has informed policies and strategies which have directly led to improvements in social regeneration and health outcomes in deprived neighbourhoods and communities.
We have created new forums for dialogue and influence on refugee, asylum and migration policy. Working with policymakers, practitioners and other stakeholders, Glasgow researchers have enhanced service delivery for marginalised groups by informing policy debates.
Our researchers work with local and national governments to develop and assess policies to reduce health inequalities. Researchers from Glasgow have shown that having access to green space may significantly reduce the gap in mental wellbeing and mortality between richer and poorer people. This work is now influencing urban planning and development, with the long-term aim of changing people’s environments and reducing health inequalities.
Our goal is to support real world change so that everyone can fulfil their potential irrespective of who they are or where they come from.
Healthcare resources internationally are increasingly strained by the demands of multimorbidity in areas of deprivation. Research at Glasgow has led the healthcare sector and policy-makers in Scotland towards a greater recognition of mutimorbidity.
- Disadvantage and Participation Accountability Processes: Theory and Evidence from School Development and Management Committees in Karnataka, India; ESRC, DFID, £700k (2018-21)
- National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Group on Social Policy and Health Inequalities; NIHR Global Health Research Fund, £2M (2017)
- UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE); ESRC, AHRC and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, £3M (2017-22)
- Global Interventions at the End of Life; Wellcome Trust, £1M (2015-19)
- Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, the Body, Law, and the State; AHRC, £1.6M (2014-17)
- Inequalities in the dental health needs and access to dental services among looked after children in Scotland: a population data linkage study. BMJ Archives of Disease in Childhood (2017)
- Socioeconomic status as an effect modifier of alcohol consumption and harm: analysis of linked cohort data. The Lancet Public Health (2017)
- The contribution of risk factors to socioeconomic inequalities in multimorbidity across the lifecourse: a longitudinal analysis of the Twenty-07 cohort. BMC Medicine (2017)
- Welfare-to-work interventions and their effects on the mental and physical health of lone parents and their children. Cochrane Library (2017)
- Death rates differ over three-fold between occupational groups
- Urban studies scholars in global premier league
- Children in care have twice as many urgent dental health needs as the general child population
- Non-employment in older age is associated with feeling isolated and under-utilised
- Health benefits from lone parent welfare to work policies unlikely
- Scotland in top 10 in Europe for specialist palliative care