Our research to support more cohesive, healthier, active communities

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Delivered at the UON Annual Academic Partnership Conference, this presentation introduces the work of several researchers in the CPSS who are leading international research projects that share the aim of generating data-driven solutions to support more cohesive, healthier and active communities. CPSS brings together a multi-disciplinary group of socially and culturally applied researchers committed to understanding real world issues of our diverse communities by working towards social change and social justice
The presentation aims to introduces CPSS work to develop research-led innovative approaches to generate impact beneficial to communities and individuals. An example of CPSS work is large scale research on the integration of migrant children and families in the most important social contexts, such as education, healthcare, social services. Further examples are several research projects to address real world problems, building upon their cross-disciplinary expertise to conduct cutting-edge research in the areas of health, education and behaviour change.
From a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, such as psychology and sociology, research based at CPSS converge in pursuing the aim to support more cohesive, healthier and active communities.
The presentation will share examples of impactful research delivered by CPSS researchers, such as:
- International Research to support migrant children and families active participation in society, thus avoiding a concept of integration as passive assimilation to the existing socio-cultural context which has proved largely unsuccessful and not conducive to achieve the UN sustainability agenda (SDG 4, SDG 11);
- International Research to test, map, analyse and communicate the ways in which spatial practices effect public exchange and opinion formation in urban spaces, and promote empathetic and inclusive ways of living together (SDG 11);
- Research to improve access to services and community integration in collaboration with Northampton Borough Council that has led to a Future High Street Bid (SDG3, SDG 11);
- Research that has informed the University’s new Sexual Harassment, Misconduct and Violence Policy and has been included in the HEFCE/ Office for Students final report on this issue to the UK Parliament’s Women and Equalities Select Committee (SDG3, SDG5);
- Research to prevent alcohol misuse and harmful drinking now leading the National Union of Students’ Alcohol Impact project (SDG 3);
- Research that builds on the Department for Education (DfE) statutory guidance to schools for relationships education (RE) and awarded the Personal Social and Health Education PSHE Association quality (SDG 4);
- Research on cognitive decline in older adults, particularly to identify ways of mitigating adverse effects through targeted intervention (SDG 3).
- Research that responds to the British Psychological Briefing on Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing (SDG 4, SDG5).
Period20 Jun 2023
Event titleAcademic Partnership Conference 2023
Event typeConference
LocationNorthampton, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational