School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


Health policy

Our work in this research area contributes to local, national and global health policy through population surveillance studies, clinical trials, and policy-relevant basic health science.

Supported by Loughborough health economists and critical policy researchers, this work identifies both the health and unintended outcomes of intervention programmes with the aim of promoting evidence-based policy for diverse populations with diverse needs. All stages of the life course are studied from preschool education to ageing policy.

Staff aligned to this research area:

Recent projects:

Seminar Series Ageing and Physical Activity

Loughborough University Contributor: Joe Piggin

Project Description:

The seminar series aims to understand the competing factors that people must overcome to remain physically active as they grow older, we can help shape these experiences to help enable such a lifestyle. The series brings together academics from diverse subject areas that include sociology, psychology, geography, sport and health sciences. It will involve policy makers, health and social care practitioners, physical activity and sport providers, and those working within the voluntary sector, to explore specific issues relevant to the physical, social and cultural environments that can impact upon physical activity in older age. It will enable a large group of people from research, policy and practice backgrounds to establish a network that will share and develop knowledge in the area. 

Collaborating Partners: University of Exeter, European Centre for Environment and Human Health, Birmingham City Council, Brunel University, Glasgow Caledonian University, BHF National Centre for Physical Activity and Health, Leeds Becket University, Sporting Equals and University of Birmingham 

Funding/ Support: ESRC

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Developing a methodology to value the impacts of noise related sleep disturbance on productivity

Loughborough University contributors: Kevin Morgan and  Erica Kucharczyk (SSEHS); Abigail Bristow (School of Civil and Building Engineering)

Project Description:  The project was designed to bridge the evidence gap in appraising productivity impacts from environmental noise for policy and programme appraisal.  More specifically, it aimed to develop a methodology to value the effects of environmental noise on productivity through sleep disturbance and to design and deliver an appraisal tool that allows the economic impacts of such reduced productivity to be incorporated within policy and programme appraisal.

Collaborators:  Petrina Rowcroft, Lili Pechey, Paul Shields, Chris Skinner, Jennifer Black (URS Infrastructure and Environment UK Ltd)

Funder: Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)

Outputs: Towards a methodology to value the impacts of noise-related sleep disturbance on productivity.  Final Report prepared for Defra (In Press).  Available from:

The Social Costs of Sports Injuries

Loughborough University contributors: Dominic Malcolm, Emma Pullen, Patrick Wheeler (SSEHS)

Project Description:

This project examines the effectiveness of two recent emphases in health-related physical activity policies, namely the promotion of increased sports participation amongst the public, and the establishment of Sport and Exercise Medicine as a medical speciality in Britain.

Qualitative and longitudinal research explores how ongoing, chronic injury affects an individual’s social well-being and how access to different pathways of clinical care impact upon this. Within this aim, the study explores two specific dimensions: 1) exploring the various routes which patients undertake and the multiple forms of healthcare encountered prior to receiving care at a sport medicine clinic; 2) exploring how chronic physical injury limits the social, physical and emotional well-being of exercise participants.

Funder: Loughborough University PhD Scholarship

Outputs: The Social Cost of Sport Injury, unpublished paper presented at International Sociology of Sport Association, Paris, June 2015. Available from: