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Institute for Health and Human Development (IHHD)

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  • 123

    peer reviewed papers published by IHHD in the last REF period – 2014

  • 95%

    Rate of timely completed PhDs with no dropouts or withdrawals

  • 30%

    of UEL external research funding generated by IHHD

Welcome to IHHD

The Institute for Health and Human Development (IHHD) opened in 2006. Its remit is to develop an interdisciplinary research cluster in health and wellbeing working across the university.

We have a substantial portfolio of high-quality, externally funded research, knowledge exchange, innovation and impact. Our focus is on social, economic and cultural factors that influence health and wellbeing.

We work with service providers, and with some of the poorest, most marginalised and mobile communities in the UK to promote health and reduce inequalities across the life course.

Approaches that we have pioneered in our intervention development include:

  • community- and system-wide approaches;
  • social theory;
  • co-production with communities, patients and service users;
  • asset-based principles.

Demand for such approaches is growing. The continued squeeze on public-sector spending means there is a need for initiatives that make more efficient use of existing resources. It is important to build the capacities and capabilities of communities and individuals to look after each other and themselves. There is also increasing acknowledgement that services designed by experts often do not join up in people’s real lives.

Our values and priorities are well matched with those of the wider university. We provide UEL students with opportunities and support to make a difference in local communities. Students grow personally and learn by doing this.

Contact us

Tel: 020 82234705