Governance for Integrated Health and Wellbeing

Healthy and Sustainable Settings Unit

Led from our Westlakes Campus, and linked with the Healthy and Sustainable Settings Unit, this transdisciplinary research comprises several interrelated strands, all relevant to the understanding and realisation of governance for integrated health and wellbeing.

Our work aims to understand how different aspects of places and environments affect health and wellbeing through the life course. We then aim to incorporate this understanding into practical recommendations for policy and sustainable governance.

Being based on the Cumbrian coast, we have a particular interest in health and wellbeing in coastal communities. Coastal communities in the UK are among the worst off for measures including earnings, employment, education and health. While not all coastal communities are the same, these areas are more likely than non-coastal communities to suffer from higher than average social, economic and health problems.

Coastal communities also face issues including outward migration of young people, ageing populations, transitory populations, low quality housing and geographical isolation. These conditions are associated with poorer public health profiles, particularly for mental health. Since the health problems associated with coastal communities are linked with factors affected by many different policy areas (the wider determinants of health), it is necessary for this research to take an integrated approach, spanning policy areas and traditional academic disciplines.