The Centre for Primary Health and Social Care is committed to applied health research that makes a significant impact on people's lives and wellbeing. We collaborate with a range of partners in the UK and internationally to strengthen the links between evidence, and the policy and practice contexts of healthcare delivery.
We have extensive experience of undertaking research, consultancy and evaluation for local authorities, statutory and non-statutory health agencies in the areas of health promotion interventions, behaviour change programmes and community health initiatives.
The Centre aims to deliver high-quality research and education to inform and support the delivery of health interventions, health policy and practice in the UK and internationally. Our research aims to inform health policy and practice and adopts a multidisciplinary approach. Our team’s areas of expertise include public health, epidemiology, health studies, medical humanities, urban health, participatory research and policy analysis. The studies we conduct focus on health and social care issues in their social, cultural, political and economic contexts, promoting quality of life and wellbeing, and challenging barriers to social exclusion.
Broad themes in our research portfolio include:
- cancer survivorship
- ageing and well-being
- food environment
- mental health
- alcohol and other substance use
We welcome applications for full-time or part-time MPhil/PhD research degrees and are happy to discuss research proposals from prospective doctoral students in the health area.
Our research areas
Voluntary sector management, health inequalities, coproduction: participatory research.
Female cancer, women’s health, global health, medical humanities, qualitative studies.
Health ethics, bioethics, moral and political philosophy, human rights, critical pedagogy.
Vulnerable children, HIV/AIDs, development partnerships, maternal health, qualitative research.
Dr Olive McKeown
Dual diagnosis (mental health and substance misuse), mental health and wellbeing, mindfulness and mental health.
Urban health, urban health data systems, international migration and healthcare staffing, urban migrant health, globalisation and health.
Addictions, alcohol, multimorbidity, ageing, interventions.
Behaviour change, intervention development, lifestyles in cancer survivors, mixed methods.
Transcultural practice, employee assistance, counselling and psychotherapy, enabling environments, qualitative approaches.
Events and seminars at the Centre for Primary Health and Social Care
Latest news from the Centre for Primary Health and Social Care
“As African women, we are brought up to be strong; there's that expectation"
Published research by London Met PhD student explores postnatal depression among first-generation Nigerian mothers in the UK, an under-researched section of health studies.
Exploring different dimensions of health and wellbeing
London Met's 5th Annual Interdisciplinary Health and Wellbeing Research Conference delved into the research taking place across the university on a range of topics.
Expanding the role of pharmacists in general practice
A new editorial co-authored by London Met Professor of Applied Health Research, Duncan Stewart, explores the potential of Structured Medication Reviews (SMR).
The stigma and social impact of alcohol
London Met’s Professor Duncan Stewart and the University of York’s Professor Jim McCambridge outline the health, social, and economic complexities of alcohol use in a new editorial.
Mind the gap? Social distancing in North London
Over a two week period, almost all North Londoners broke social distancing rules with nearly half doing so deliberately.
London Met launches new research on COVID-19 in the community
The study will look at people’s experiences of the lockdown measures and their impact on individuals and communities.
Making London age-friendly
A conference organised by London Met and Positive Aging in London (PAIL) provided a forum for discussion of issues affecting older Londoners.
Exploring and understanding health and wellbeing
The Centre for Primary Health and Social Care facilitated research sharing on a variety of diverse topics, including bullying in education, the health of carers, and migrant rights.
Public health lecturer launches latest book at 45th International Book Fair
Hormonal Bodies, which was co-edited by Dr Yolanda Eraso, explores themes including hormonal therapies for breast cancer and hormonal therapies during puberty.
Developing the Move More programme
Justin Webb, course leader for Public Health MSc, presented his information pack encouraging cancer survivors to Move More at leading Patients’ forum.
Lost trades of Islington Exhibition
An exhibition remembering the forgotten trades of Islington's past takes place this week at London Metropolitan University.
London Met takes part in ‘Lost Trades of Islington’ project with Age UK
Recording the memories of those who worked in industries no longer existing in Islington.
Taking part in Moving Medicine
Justin Webb, senior lecturer in Health and Social Care, is taking part in a series of national discussions to improve and develop cancer interventions and resources.
Expert commentary: cancer and obesity
Justin Webb, senior lecturer at London Metropolitan University, comments on the recent news that obesity can be linked to the cause of cancer.