Health Promotion, Policy and Inequalities
"Health is created and lived by people within the settings of their everyday life; where they learn, work, play and love. Health is created by caring for oneself and others, by being able to take decisions and have control over one's life circumstances, and by ensuring that the society one lives in creates conditions that allow the attainment of health by all its members."
Ottawa Charter on Health Promotion, 1986
LJMU undertakes a wide range of research which impacts on the policies and action that promote health, within the context of the current global challenge of increasing health inequalities and climate change. Research ranges from specific studies of risk taking behaviours in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, substance abuse (including alcohol), to analyses of the structural, political, socioeconomic and cultural factors that create inequality both in the UK and elsewhere. Approaches to research are equally wide ranging, from epidemiological and experimental implementation studies to participatory action and community based research. These directly engage with those experiencing the impact of social injustice to explore the everyday worlds created by the broader social environmental and economic forces operating in society.