Brain Sciences


UCL and LSE win funding to investigate how health of population shapes social and economic outcomes

2 April 2020

A team of researchers from UCL and LSE has been selected for the Health Foundation’s £1.2 million programme to understand how the health of a population affects its social and economic outcomes such as education, employment and housing.

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Professors Martin Rossor and Parashkev Nachev (both UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology) and Professor Martin Knapp (LSE) form one of four research teams from UK universities that have been selected to be part of the Social and Economic Value of Health in a Place programme. They will receive funding of between £250,000 and £350,000 for projects that will run for up to two years.

The programme aims to explore how the health of a population might help create thriving economies and communities.

The projects will look to understand how the health of a population in a place affects the health of an individual living there and the relationship between the two. They will also establish the concepts and metrics needed to examine the relationship between the health of a population in a place and its social and economic outcomes.

The UCL/LSE project will develop two novel approaches – a cognitive footprint and geostatistical modelling - to explore the impact of cognition on health and economic outcomes at an individual and population by place level.

Prof Rossor said, "Martin Knapp, Parashkev Nachev and I are delighted to be awarded the Health Foundation funding. We will use novel data analytics to explore the concept of a cognitive footprint of geographical space and the influence of interventions and policies. The award brings together expertise across institutions and disciplines."