We conduct world leading research to address fundamental health inequalities, improve health outcomes and quality of life. Our research focuses on services and systems for health and wellbeing, operating at the community and population level. Our work covers healthy members of the public as well as patients.

We're seeking to understand how to improve the systems that society needs to put in place to promote, sustain and protect health, prevent disease and care for the sick.

Our challenges


Primary Care & Mental Health

How do we build synergy between efforts to promote physical and mental wellbeing, prevent ill health and support recovery and rehabilitation? How might we clarify what ‘community’ means to people, and ensure that ‘community-based’ approaches can adequately tackle social and economic determinants, structural inequalities and human rights abuses?


Health Data Science

The increasingly large amount of healthcare data currently collected opens the door to exciting challenges and opportunities. The application of complex statistical approaches can be used to optimise the information available, with the primary goal of improving healthcare delivery processes and interventions in our community and beyond. We focus on the development and application of statistical techniques and clinical trials methodology to address a variety of healthcare problems.



We have an international reputation in tackling some of the major psychological issues facing society today such as development in childhood, healthy living, perceptions of and actions on the world around us and responding to critical and major incidents (including sexual and violent crime and terrorist attacks). Our overarching research aim is to advance theory and drive innovation to identify solutions with real world impact.


Public Health, Policy and Systems

Our research aims are to understand the pathways that lead to inequalities in health and in access to health services; and thereby develop and evaluate interventions at the community and population levels to ensure health and wellbeing for all. We also strive to engage policy and practice communities to ensure policy-relevance; and support the incorporation of our evidence to directly benefit people in their day-to-day lives


School of Health Sciences

Provides professional healthcare education and training to people at all stages of their careers in diagnostic radiography, nursing, occupational therapy, orthoptics, physiotherapy and therapeutic radiography and oncology. Our clinicians and students produce leading research that is innovative and impactful for patients and clinical services.

Case studies

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/tackling-obesity-government-strategy/tackling-obesity-empowering-adults-and-children-to-live-healthier-lives Young family eating together at the table

Informing policy

The Appetite and Obesity group has contributed evidence to support the new government obesity and food policy developments.

https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/project-ares/ Healthcare workers huddling together

Project ARES

Institute psychologists create a unique set of resources to help address the challenges faced by front-line workers responding to COVID-19.

https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/research/research-themes/living-well/clean-air-africa/ Cooking outside on a wood fire

Clean Air Africa

Researchers help prevent the adverse health impacts of household air pollution.

Accreditations and partnerships

Our local and global partnerships provide vital support to our research activity.

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust exists to improve health by helping great ideas to thrive. Wellcome is an independent global charitable foundation.

Liverpool Health Partners

Liverpool Health Partners' mission is to improve population health outcomes and economic productivity in Cheshire and Merseyside.

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

NIHR is the nation's largest funder of health and care research and provides the people, facilities and technology that enables research to thrive.

Athena SWAN Silver Award

We're proud to hold the Athena SWAN Silver Award, recognising our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.