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Social and Economic Value of Health: Place (2019) An innovative research programme to investigate the impact of health on society and the economy

  • The Social and Economic Value of Health programme aimed to develop knowledge around the impact of health on the social and economic outcomes of individuals and populations through funding original research.
  • Four research teams from UK universities were each awarded between £250,000 and £350,000 to support their work from 2020 to 2023.
  • The teams were based at Imperial College London, University College London, University of Manchester and University College London.


The 2019 round of the programme aimed to understand the extent to which the health of a population (physical and/or mental) shapes the social and economic outcomes of that population.

The programme helped to develop understanding of the contribution that the overall level and distribution of wellbeing and health among the population in a geographical area makes to the social and economic prosperity of that place.

The outcomes of this programme should help to:

  • build knowledge of the relationship between a given population’s health and the health of individuals within that population
  • establish the definitions and metrics needed to examine the relationship between the health of a population in a place and the social and economic outcomes of that place.

We funded four projects with awards of between £250,000 and £350,000.

Find out more about this round of the programme

See slides from the end-of-programme event on 16 May 2023

Explore the projects

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Heather Wilson
Programme and Policy Officer
020 7257 8031

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