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Our Research

We draw on our interdisciplinary expertise in the behavioural and social sciences to work with policy makers, identifying policy needs and opportunities, ensuring that the aim of reducing health inequalities cuts across all our work.

Depending on the task, we use a range of methods to synthesise and interpret existing evidence, generate new evidence and provide theoretical lenses with which to consider evidence and its implications. We also play an active role in building the capacity of behavioural science research within the Unit and beyond. Our research is situated across health systems, including secondary and primary healthcare, social care, and local authorities and other organisations involved in prevention.

Our multidisciplinary team includes expertise that spans healthcare analytics, behavioural/healthcare economists, behavioural policy analysis, sociology and health inequalities, evidence synthesis, qualitative researchers skilled in interview techniques; ethnographic approaches to observing, recording and analysing behaviour in context; specialist skills in user-centred design, and deliberative and participatory methods of public/practitioner engagement. We also draw on a multi-disciplinary team of experts beyond those in the Unit.

See examples of our work under ‘Our Projects‘.