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Communities in Control Study (Phase 1), SPHR, £191,280 (01/2014 - 12/2015)

A research project of the Department of Geography.


This research is being undertaken by the Department of Geography and Fuse, The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health in partnership with fellow School for Public Health Research (SPHR) member institutions including the universities of Lancaster, Liverpool, Cambridge, Sheffield, Exeter, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The Communities in Control Study (CiC) is evaluating the impact on health and wellbeing of Big Local, a UK Lottery initiative. Taking place in 150 areas across England over the next 10-15 years, Big Local provides £1m plus development support to each community, allowing residents to take control over improving their own neighbourhoods. The study's focus is on health and wellbeing benefits that may arise from resident empowerment and impacts on important determinants (e.g. environment, poverty, and social cohesion).

The research partnership is conducting in-depth research with up to 15 Big Local communities and studying the plans of many others, as well as working with Local Trust and its national delivery partners. Two North East communities which have received Big Local funding are actively contributing to the study.

Watch project lead, Professor Jennie Popay (Lancaster University, and LiLaC) and Debbie Ladds (Chief Executive, Local Trust) talking about this research.


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