Research & Enterprise in Education, Health & Wellbeing

Themed Work

The themed aspects of our work in CHSCI focuses on research and consultancy projects which reflect the particular strengths and expertise of our researchers and academic colleagues in the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing.

In addition to these core themes a variety of research projects and methods are also encouraged among the team and occur through links with researchers across the university, private and voluntary sectors and health and social care trusts.

There are three main themes within CHSCI:

Loss, Bereavement and End of Life Care

Many human beings will experience loss and bereavement during their life time. Loss may encompass temporary or permanent change, impacting the physical, psychological, social or economic aspects of life. Whatever the loss it has the capacity, if not managed appropriately, to adversely affect the health, wellbeing or life chances of individuals and the stability of families. For some families and individuals, loss and bereavement may be experienced in the context of end of life care.

This research theme strives to improve services offered to individuals and families across the lifespan through internationally recognised programmes of research concerning loss, bereavement and end of life care, which relate to issues of life limiting illness, critical illness/injury, resuscitation, social constructions and concepts of the dying and the dead, and organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

The role of professionals, family and friends in issues relating to loss, bereavement and end of life care, and the nature and quality of support given to them is also investigated. Studies under this theme directly seek to ensure quality and continuous improvement in care by informing practice development, service planning and delivery, education and training of professionals and service providers.

Epidemiology and Global Health

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events, and has been widely applied in population-based and clinical research to prevent and manage diseases and improve outcomes of healthcare.

Global health is the health of populations in a global context, which involves improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide.

This theme is concerned with the application of modern epidemiology in global health research, exploring big data to address health research questions and developing new population-based studies. Currently researchers in this theme focus on population-based research on dementia - one of the world's biggest health problems. Their research areas also cover mental health and other chronic diseases such as stroke. The theme takes a top priority in reducing inequalities in health and care globally.

Theme Lead: Dr Ruoling Chen R.Chen@wlv.ac.uk

Social Welfare, Policy and Inequalities

The social and political contexts in which we live our lives have a great impact on our health and life chances. Many of the issues we face as human beings are shared and experienced by others but the impact it has on us as individuals or members of a community can vary immensely, often due to the differing pragmatic situations in which we manage our lives. In the 21st century, few issues are specific to only one country and many concerns transcend international borders.

This theme is concerned with the real world contexts in which the policies and practices of social welfare (including social work & social care, public health, education) are experienced by individuals, groups and communities. It contains studies which investigate and explore the causes and consequences of factors affecting health and social welfare at the individual, local, national, international and global level. The range and scope of work in this theme also encourages researchers to make sense of the social, political, educational and economic situations that influence health and wellbeing within and between societies.

Theme Lead: Dr Angela Morgan Angela-Morgan@wlv.ac.uk                                  

Senior Researcher: Graeme Simpson G.Simpson@wlv.ac.uk