This project’s goal is to begin to redress the marginalisation of race/ethnicity and migration within public health intervention and health inequalities research in England.
June 2017 - July 2018
Social exclusion and mental health problems
Research Team: Dr Jennifer Dykxhoorn
Who's involved: University College London
January 2020 – April 2021
Social exclusion is a term that has been used as a euphemism for poverty, however it has a much broader meaning. Social exclusion is not simply a measure of low income, unemployment, low political engagement, and low levels of social interaction. It also includes how decisions and power structures at the community or institutional level end up excluding individuals from opportunities due to discrimination or stigma. As a result of these multiple meanings, social exclusion may be a powerful concept to describe the experience of individuals who have been excluded from opportunities or public spaces.
The goals of this project are to investigate potential measures of social exclusion across England and explore how these measures are related to mental health problems. This project will use a wide range of methods to explore this relationship, including showing how social exclusion is distributed in England. The project will also investigate the experience of a migrant group facing sudden social exclusion (The Windrush generation) to see what impact this rapid change had on mental health outcomes. Finally, the project will model what might happen if a public health intervention or policy was able to reduce the level of social exclusion in a community.