PHRC Phase 2 (2011-2019) Projects

Current projects


Prescribing patterns of dependence forming medicines - analysis using the Clinical Practice Research Database

  • Principal Investigator: Sally McManus, NatCen
  • Duration: Jan 2016 - March 2017

Health behaviours and health behaviour change among adults in England

  • Principal Investigator: Hilary Graham, University of York
  • Duration: Jan 2016 - September 2017

Childhood maltreatment and adult life-chances: informing strategies to prevent poor health and well-being into mid-adulthood

  • Principal Investigator: Christine Power, UCL
  • Duration: Jan 2016 - September 2017

Promoting health and protecting the environment: a systematic review of qualitative research of behaviours with health and environmental benefits

  • Principal Investigator: Hilary Graham, Univsersity of York
  • Duration: April 2016 - March 2018

Obesity and Alcohol use: Is there a role for dually focused intervention in young adults (18-25) to tackle unhealthy eating and heavy drinking and effectively reduce future health inequalities?

  • Principal Investigator: Ashley Adamson, Newcastle University
  • Duration: April 2016 - March 2018

Systematic reviews of interventions tackling multiple risk behaviours: filling evidence gaps

  • Principal Investigator: Amanda Sowden, University of York
  • Duration: April 2016 - March 2018

Evaluating the impacts of universal policies on child health inequalities: how best can we exploit the predictive value of the integrated pre-school checks?

  • Principal Investigator: Margaret Whitehead, University of Liverpool
  • Duration: April 2016 - March 2018

The economic evaluation of public health programmes with costs and effects falling outside the NHS and local authority public health budgets

  • Principal Investigator: Mark Sculpher, University of York
  • Duration: April 2016 - March 2018

Exploring the impact of removing less healthy food from checkouts

  • Principal Investigator: Martin White, University of Cambridge
  • Duration: Jan 2017 - Sept 2018

Patterning across public health attitudes, experience and knowledge in Britain

  • Principal Investigator: Sally McManus, NatCen
  • Duration: July 2016 - Sept 2017

How does educational achievement impact on health and health inequalities? An analysis of trajectories to inform policy options and development

  • Principal Investigator: Catherine Law, UCL
  • Duration: Jan 2017 - Mar 2018

Improving flu vaccination uptake by healthcare workers: a study of implementation and attitudes

  • Principal Investigator: Martine Stead, University of Stirling
  • Principal Investigator: Fay Sullivan, National Centre for Social Research
  • Duration: Oct 2016 - Dec 2017

Mapping the literature on interventions to tackle the disability-employment gaps

  • Principal Investigator: Margaret Whitehead, University of Liverpool
  • Principal Investigator: Amanda Sowden, University of York
  • Duration: Oct 2016 - Oct 2017

Completed projects

The following projects, under the 2011-2019 PHRC research programme, have been completed. For full details and reports of each project, please click on the project title.

For completed projects under the 2005-2011 PHRC reserach programme, including reports and publications, please click here.


Identifying appropriate methods to incorporate concerns about health inequalities into economic evaluations of health care programme

  • Principal Investigator: Mark Sculpher, York
  • Duration: April 2011 - March 2013 (24 months)

Informing prevention strategies on obesity and sedentary lifestyles

  • Principal Investigator: Christine Power, UCL
  • Duration: July 2012 - June 2016

In what circumstances can parental employment improve child health?

  • Principal Investigator: Catherine Law, UCL
  • Duration: June 2011 - August 2013 (27 months)

Is control in the living environment important for health and wellbeing?

  • Principal Investigator: Margaret Whitehead, Liverpool
  • Duration: September 2011 - August 2013 (24 months)

Multiple risk behaviours among parents with dependent children

  • Principal Investigator: Hilary Graham, York
  • Duration:September 2011 - March 2015 (43 months)

Multiple risk behaviours and interventions to reduce multiple risk behaviours - what do we know?

  • Principal Investigator: Amanda Sowden, York
  • Duration: September 2011 - August 2014 (36 months)

Plain tobacco packaging: A systematic review

  • Principal Investigator: Gerard Hastings, Stirling
  • Duration: May 2011 - February 2012 (project extended to allow additional data to be extracted)

Research to support the evaluation and implementation of adult cooking skills interventions in the UK: Phase 1

  • Principal Investigator: Martin White, Cambridge
  • Duration: May 2011 - August 2011

Research to support the evaluation and implementation of adult cooking skills interventions in the UK: pilot RCT with process and economic evaluation components: Phase 2

  • Principal Investigator: Martin White, Cambridge
  • Duration: September 2013 - May 2015

Scoping and feasibility study to develop and apply a methodology for retrospective adjustment of alcohol consumption trend data

  • Principal Investigator: Martine Stead, Stirling
  • Duration: June 2012 - June 2013