Founding Director of the Institute for Health and Human Development (IHHD)
Professor Adrian Renton is a Public Health Physician with 25 years of experience in multi-methods research.
Professor Adrian Renton is a Public Health Physician with 25 years of experience in multi-methods research at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, and subsequently Imperial College. He is an honorary consultant in Public Health Medicine with Public Health England and Professor of Public Health at UEL.
Adrian was appointed as the Director of the Institute for Health and Human Development (IHHD) in March 2006 and since then he has built the Institute’s profile as a major international research and intervention centre focusing on understanding the social economic and cultural determinants of health and wellbeing, community engagement and development and the use of social, economic and cultural approaches to enhance population health and wellbeing.
Adrian has worked both internationally and in the UK. His international work includes the direction of two research programmes on HIV and Development funded by the UK Department for International Development. In the UK he has recently completed several research projects into the health and well-being amongst the most deprived communities within London including the Welcome Trust funded cluster RCT of the Well London programme. He is currently developing new research in the areas of social prescription, living and dying well, the economics of public health evidence and public understandings of the value of public health.
Adrian has extensive experience of working within policy and practice at both local and national levels. In 2009, he was one of two expert advisers in Public Health to the GLA London Health Commission, and in 2008-12 sat on the Go London advisory group, which guided the development of NHS London’s Olympic physical activity legacy programme, the Leadership Group for the NHS Vascular Checks Programme, and the DH 2012 Public Health Steering Group. He is also a founder member of the think-tank Active Communities for Health, which disseminates research evidence and good practice to end users to support communities’ realisation of their full potential to improve health and wellbeing.
Current and recently completed PhD students:
1) Olamide Sadare ‘Evaluation of community engagement in the design and delivery of health promotion interventions’ (completed 2011).
2) Oliver M ‘Evaluation of the planning and implementation of NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) in East London’ (submitted Aug 2013)
3) Paul Watts ‘Physical activity in deprived communities in London: Neighbourhood and individual correlates, mediation, measurements and evidence synthesis’ (submitted Sep 2013)
Adrian is director of UEL’s Institute for Health and Human Development (IHHD). Set up in March 2006, the Institute brings together expertise across the university to carry out research on health and wellbeing and their social, economic and cultural determinants.
Adrian’s particular expertise and research interests include:
The Well London programme focuses on investment in local community-led projects promoting positive mental health, access to healthy food and opportunities to get more physically active.
Led by the London Health Commission, the programme brings together Central London YMCA as the lead for young people and children, Groundwork for physical activity and environment, London Sustainability Exchange on food access, SLaM for mental health and well-being and the Arts Council England to promote the use of art and culture.
The programme takes a rigorous approach to methodology, monitoring and evaluation, which is led by UEL’S Institute for Health and Human Development (IHHD).
Watts P, Phillips G, Petticrew M, Hayes R, Bottomley C, Yu G, Schmidt E, Tobi P, Moore D, Frostick C, Lock K, Renton A (2013). Physical activity in deprived communities in London: examining individual and neighbourhood-level factors, PLoS ONE, 8(7), e69472.
Phillips G, Renton A, Moore D, Bottomley C, Schmidt E, Lais S, Yu G, Wall M, Tobi P, Frostick C, Clow A, Lock K, Petticrew M, Hayes R (2012). The Well London program - a cluster randomized trial of community engagement for improving health behaviors and mental wellbeing: baseline survey results. Trials, 13:105.
Sampson A, Harden A, Tobi P, Renton A (2012). Promoting a healthy legacy for the Olympic Park: findings from a pre-games study. Perspectives in Public Health 132: 64.
Tobi P, Estacio EV, Renton A, Yu G, Foster N (2012). Who stays, who drops out? Biosocial predictors of adherence in participants attending a longer term exercise referral scheme in the UK. BMC Public Health 12:347.
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