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University of CambridgeThe University of Cambridge 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).

The University of Cambridge involvement in the School is led by Professor Carol Brayne CBE, Professor Martin White, Professor Peter Jones, Professor Dame Theresa Marteau and Dr Louise Lafortune and involves 14 academics from the university.

News and Events

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Government launches new obesity strategy

There have been several different approaches to tackling obesity over a number of years and by successive governments, something that Dolly Theis, undertaking a PhD funded by NIHR SPHR, presented as a poster at our Annual Scientific Meeting in 2019.  Dolly shows how various consultations, draft papers and reports on the measures now being announced have been considered over the last five years.

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NIHR SPHR researchers win Emerald Literati Award

Four researchers from the NIHR School for Public Health Research have won a prestigious Emerald Literati Award for outstanding scholarly research.


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Developing a public mental health conceptual framework

This project aims to explore what underpins public mental health and use this as a foundation to develop a conceptual framework to support the work of public health practitioners and researchers.

March 2019 - September 2020

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Places & communities - What is known? Stakeholder views and research synthesis

This project aims to inform local level decision-making on delivering place-based strategies to improve health and reduce inequalities during times of economic insecurity. 

April 2019 - September 2020

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Local government interactions with harmful commodity industries

The aim of this project is to better understand the nature and extent of interactions between companies that produce unhealthy products and local government.

December 2019 - March 2022

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Improved use of routine data to assess and evaluate food environments

The purpose of this project is to generate a longitudinal dataset of the food environment for use in research and food environment surveillance using data using the Food Standards Agency Food Hygiene Rating System (FHRS) food outlet database, which is available freely online.

June 2019 - May 2020

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Individual and environmental approaches to promote alternatives to the car

Local authorities have limited resources to promote walking, cycling and public transport. Current funding has been leveraged through existing budgets to implement travel plans or in the case of new towns, through housing developers. Many local authorities promote activities such as walking groups or cycle training schemes and provide information about alternatives to the car. Other approaches include changing the physical environment or reducing financial barriers to promote walking, cycling and public transport. Financial incentives have been used to encourage other health behaviours but these have been rarely studied with respect to physical activity or the use of alternatives to the car. NICE recently reported that stronger evidence was still required about how environmental interventions may promote physical activity.

October 2019 - October 2021

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Developing age-friendly Towns and Cities: phase 2

This research followed on from a previous SPHR project where a new method was developed to assess how ‘age-friendly’ cities and communities were. This project tested and refined the new assessment method, known as an evaluation tool.

January 2016 - March 2017

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Online data visualisation tools for local public health decision-support: from a food and exercise perspective

This project will assess how useful online data visualisation tools are used in practice to support decision making.

May 2018 - October 2019

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Developing age-friendly rural communities

This research builds on the Age-Friendly Cities (AFC) project, and will focus on rural communities in England and the challenges and opportunities they present for ageing populations.

January 2018 - December 2018

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Examining local authority actions to reduce the rapid increase of hot-food takeaways in England

This project complements the Foodscape Project previously funded by SPHR. Whilst the Foodscape project focused on changing what food is served in takeaways, this new project will focus on local authority action to restrict the rapid increase of hot-food takeaways.

November 2017 - February 2019



Contact information

Agnes Doroszuk
SPHR Administrator
Cambridge University
Cambridge Institute of Public Health
Forvie Site, Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Cambridge CB2 0SR
+44 (0) 1223 330 310

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