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Approaches 

Our Centre's research programmes are underpinned by these four approaches

Innovative methods and co-production

In partnership with users and affected communities and with the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives and the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research at the University of Manchester, our innovative methods and co-production platform supports the use of cutting-edge statistical methods, novel qualitative approaches (e.g. digital diaries, walking interviews, photo-voice), and co-production with users to more effectively answer questions about the mechanisms and pathways that link society and mental health.

Policy

In partnership with the KCL Policy Institute and the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit, our policy platform ensures our research is of direct relevance for policy, and that the policy implications of our findings are clearly articulated and effectively disseminated to policy makers.

Cohorts

In partnership with the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) and the Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Research (CLOSER) at UCL, our cohorts platform maximises the use of existing longitudinal data to address questions of relevance to the Centre aims. CLS and CLOSER host 8 UK-based cohorts.

Social theory

Our social theory platform ensures our research programmes are interdisciplinary and informed by relevant contemporary social theory. It includes work to develop an integrated eco-social-neuroscience framework for understanding how constant interactions between individuals and their physical, interpersonal, cultural, and social contexts shape mental health across the life course.