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LiLaCLiLaC is one of eight leading academic centres with excellence in applied public health research which make up the NIHR School for Public Health Research (NIHR SPHR).

LiLaC is The Liverpool and Lancaster Universities Collaboration for Public Health Research. It was founded by Professor Jennie Popay and Professor Dame Margaret Whitehead in 2012. LiLaC’s mission is to produce evidence on how to tackle inequalities in health through action on the upstream causes of inequalities – these are the conditions in which we live or work and where children grow up or people grow old.

LiLaC’s involvement in the School is led by Professor Jennie Popay, Professor Dame Margaret WhiteheadProfessor David Taylor-Robinson and Professor Bruce Hollingsworth.

News and Events

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Introduction of Universal Credit linked to increase in psychological distress

A new study shows that the introduction of Universal Credit led to a marked increase in psychological distress amongst those affected by the policy.

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An ‘unprecedented’ rise in infant mortality linked to poverty in England

SPHR researchers from LiLaC and Fuse have published an important new study in the BMJ Open, linking the recent rise in infant mortality to poverty.


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Improving the mental health of children and young people in education

The aim of this work is to identify interventions or changes within educational settings that have the potential to improve mental health outcomes and inequalities for all young people.

March 2019 - September 2020

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Harnessing data to improve child health

Children in the UK have poor health compared to other Western European countries, and there are large and increasing inequalities in child health, including for mental health and obesity. Over the last 20 years numerous reviews of evidence and policy have repeatedly emphasised the need to provide better support early in children’s lives if we are to have any chance of significantly reducing the inequalities in life chances experienced by people in the UK. To address these challenges, we propose a programme of work with a focus on harnessing data to evaluate systems-based approaches for improving children and young people’s outcomes.

November 2018 - March 2022

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The impact of contrasting investment strategies at the local level

This project aims to explore what place-centred Local Authority resource investment approaches are effective at improving health and reducing health inequalities.

January 2019 - March 2022

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Evaluating the impact of the removal of ‘junk-food’ advertising on public transport networks in London

This project aims to undertake an impact evaluation and a process and implementation evaluation of the removal of High fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) advertising on exposure to HFSS advertising, perceptions of HFSS foods and food purchasing in London.

April 2019 - March 2021

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Evaluating the impact of childhood public mental health interventions on long term health and wider societal outcomes (WP4)

This work package will aim to extrapolate the benefits of public mental health interventions delivered in educational settings for children and young people.

01 Dec 2019 - 31 Mar 2022

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Men in sheds: improving the health and wellbeing of older men

One in five of the UK population is an older man (aged over 65 years), and although men report better health than women, their mortality rates are higher.

June 2012 - March 2013

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Communities in Control Study

The Communities in Control Study (CiC) has investigated the implementation and early impacts of a programme called the Big Local. The Big Local uses funding from the Big Lottery to give residents of 150 disadvantaged areas in England £1 million over ten years to use as they see fit to make their area “an even better place to live”.

January 2014 - March 2017



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Mandy Ellison
Hannah Chadburn
0151 794 4314

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