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Research and Impact

Our research is designed to make a positive impact on people’s lives. All our research is led in a way to address inequalities, promote social justice, and ensure better health and wellbeing through sport, exercise and physical activity.

We challenge health inequalities in childhood obesity and increase physical activity through policy and practice. We fight to establish the Sustainable Development Goals as a new focus for global and national sport policies and work to shape UK Government policy on women football fans, addressing  inequalities. We were also part of creating the first UK Chief Medical Officers’ physical activity guidelines for disabled adults; designing and promoting more effective and inclusive physical activity referral systems, and targeting health inequalities. We challenge sedentary behaviour messages for being ableist, and create new messages that are inclusive and are now adopted by National Public Health agencies.

Our Research

Behind the research

  • Our staff

    Our staff hold pivotal research and leadership roles with incredible institutions such as; Durham Research Methods Centre, Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, Wolfson Research Institute of Health & Wellbeing, and Durham Institute of Medical Humanities.

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  • Our funding

    We are supported in our research by a range of generous funders, including the ESRC, Wellcome Trust, AHRC, NIHR, Leverhulme Trust, The British Academy, the World Health Organisation, The Football Association, HelpAge, Sport England, and Public Health England. 

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Our staff

Our staff hold pivotal research and leadership roles with incredible institutions such as; Durham Research Methods Centre, Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, Wolfson Research Institute of Health & Wellbeing, and Durham Institute of Medical Humanities.

The reception room at Maiden Castle

Our funding

We are supported in our research by a range of generous funders, including the ESRC, Wellcome Trust, AHRC, NIHR, Leverhulme Trust, The British Academy, the World Health Organisation, The Football Association, HelpAge, Sport England, and Public Health England. 

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In our research, we value lived experiences, co-production, patient and public involvement, working with the media, outreach teams, museums and artists.

To ensure our research is effectively shared, and that it does make a difference, we also work with regional, national, and global organisations. Just a few of these organisations have included County Durham Sport, The Football Association, Sport England, Kick It Out, Sport UK, GE Healthcare, UK Food Poverty Alliance, UKActive, Women in Sport, Public Health England, Disability Rights UK, and The World Health Organisation.
Learn more about our research themes
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