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Our impact

From understanding mental health and developing improved policy on care provision, to unpicking racism in health and assessing global health failures around the world – our research is working to make the world a better place.

The range and scale of impact delivered by the Department of Global Health & Social Medicines matches our recognised research excellence, touching the intimate and every day, alongside the strategic and global. We work with communities, governments, industries, and civil society – both internationally and within the UK – to make a lasting difference.

What it means to research global health and social medicine


Dr Annie Irvine shares her journey from undergraduate studies to becoming a qualitative researcher. Her research uses qualitative methods to understand the experiences of people who have encountered unemployment, worklessness, and welfare benefits systems due to mental health – and how understanding these experiences can help improve the way the benefit system works. She also shares her experience of working within the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine and the Centre for Society & Mental Health. Find out more about "What is mental health as a human experience?"



Professor Bronwyn Parry shares her journey from experience the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Sydney, Australia, to working in India on assisted reproduction, to joining the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine at King's. She is currently researching assisted dying and supporting the translation of research into policy. Find out more about "How the AIDS pandemic shaped my career"

Our impact stories

Our contribution to making a better and more sustainable future for all

We recognise that we have a central and transformational role in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. That is, the 17 goals approved by member states of the United Nations (UN), which provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

To showcase how our work relates to the SDGS, we have highlighted the relevant goals in each of our impact stories.

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