UCL Health of the Public


UCL Health of the Public announce launch of new academic communities

13 February 2024

UCL Health of the Public launches new academic communities to increase UCL’s cross-disciplinary public health research capacity.


We are excited to announce the launch of three new academic communities in:

These new communities will join our well-established Creative Health community to bring together researchers from across UCL and encourage innovative perspectives in research and education to ensure a healthy future for all. Our successful activities from our Law for Health Community will now be incorporated into our new Health Inequalities Community.

Each community will hold termly events which will give UCL researchers the opportunity to network with academics from a wide range of disciplines to share research, support new collaborations, and develop cross-disciplinary research grants and education activities.

Professor Graham Hart, Director of UCL Health of the Public, said:
UCL Health of the Public is delivering huge impacts in health-related research and teaching across the university. We’re supporting a new range of urgent topic areas that absolutely need multidisciplinary engagement. Very few universities have the breadth and diversity of perspectives, methodologies and analytic skills that we have at UCL. So whatever your ‘core’ discipline please consider bringing your expertise and interest to one of our new academic communities. We warmly welcome participants at every career stage."

Find out how you can get involved by exploring our UCL Health of the Public community webpages below.

Climate Change and Health led by Dr Marina Romanello and Dr Lakshmi Priya Rajendran

The Climate Change and Health Community is a joint venture between UCL Health of the Public and the UCL Environment Domain, open to everyone from across UCL, including those working in disciplines such as the sciences (life, biomedical, physical, population, social, historical), engineering, the built environment, law, education, arts and humanities. Building on UCL’s unique interdisciplinary and rich academic community, it seeks to act as a catalyst for cross-disciplinary innovation to explore how the indirect and direct impacts of climate change shape human health and wellbeing, explore solutions to protect the health of populations across the world in the face of a changing climate, and develop innovative findings that help maximise the health benefits of actions to tackle climate change. Find out more

Urban Health Community led by Prof Haim Yacobi and Prof David Osrin

Our Urban Health Community brings together researchers from across UCL whose work focuses on understanding the impacts of the urban environment on human health, and how best to reduce health inequalities and improve health in urban areas. Urban health is a developing discipline and we are supporting its development by bringing together our world-leading public health researchers (6th in the world for Public Health research, ShanghaiRanking 2023) with one of the largest concentrations of urban scholars, alongside any other disciplines that focus on the health and wellbeing of populations living in urban environments. Find out more

Health Inequalities Community led by Prof Anne McMunn and Professor Yvonne Kelly

UCL has a long tradition of health inequalities research and education, including the seminal work of Sir Michael Marmot at the UCL Institute of Health Equity, and Dame Hazel Genn’s work on Health Justice Partnerships. Exciting and new research and innovations tackling health inequalities is taking place across UCL, with researchers designing and implementing interventions, and informing policies to address health inequity from different disciplinary perspectives, beyond population health. This community aims to bring those disciplines together to act and ensure healthy lives for all. Find out more

Creative Health Community led by Dr Rochelle Burgess, Dr Humera Iqbal and Dr Karen Mak

Our Creative Health Community brings together researchers from across UCL whose work focuses on health creation and understanding creative approaches to reducing health disparities. We welcome anyone from biomedicine, the sciences (life, physical, population, social, historical), engineering, education, arts and humanities to join forces to explore how asset-based approaches to health can be harnessed to improve the health of the public. Find out more