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Digital food delivery services and household food purchasing behaviours

Food retailing is undergoing a fundamental transformation. Digital on-demand technology is dramatically reshaping food distribution and delivery, making food and prepared meals more accessible and convenient. However, the impact of the increasing use of these services on what foods and beverages people purchase is unknown. This study aims to explore who uses digital food delivery services and the impact on inequalities in food purchasing behaviours.

01 April 2021 - 31 March 2022

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NIHR SPHR and NIHR ARC North Thames launch joint-funded PhD studentships

NIHR ARC North Thames and NIHR SPHR invite applications for a jointly-funded 3-year PhD studentship to begin September 2020. The deadline for applications is 19th June.

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Evaluating the efficiency and equity impact of food policies to improve population health

This work package aims to develop a method to estimate the impact of changes in diet in response to public health policies into medium and long term health, economic benefits and equity impacts to evaluate local food interventions.

01 Jan 2020 - 31 Mar 2022

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Equal England

The aim of the Equal England network is to expand the successful Equal North network of over 550 members to build a national community of academics, researchers, practitioners, and members of the public across England who share a common interest in addressing health and social inequalities.

November 2019 - March 2022


‘Through our Eyes; Housing & Health’ Exhibition

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Understanding barriers and facilitators to implementing regulatory mechanisms to restrict hot food takeaway outlets

This study will identify four local councils in England where the rejection of the new hot food takeaway was recently upheld and four areas where the decision was dismissed. In these case study areas we will analyse the documents applicable to each case and aim to interview at least four people including the business owner, planning inspectorate, planning officer and public health professional.

January 2020 - October 2021

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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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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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Knowledge exchange: engagement and translation of learning points into action and impact with stakeholders

This is the knowledge exchange (KE) work package for the Places & communities programme (P&C). ‘Knowledge exchange’ translates research evidence into practice for public and practitioner audiences and endorses collaborative work between researchers, decision-makers and members of the public. It also includes a study designed to test how local authorities are translating programme findings into policy and practice.

January 2019 - March 2022

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Improving methodology for place and community-based public health natural experiments and interventions

This project will develop a new practical guide aimed at local and national public health practitioners and will discuss when (and when not) to conduct natural experiments, how they could be designed, what different methods are available for analyses, and how the results of these place-based natural experiments should be interpreted.

April 2019 - September 2020

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