Public Health and Wellbeing

Lead: Dr Britt Hallingberg

Lead: Dr Britt Hallinberg

Our Public Health and Wellbeing research is both inter and multidisciplinary drawing from a variety of disciplines which focusses on understanding and working towards improving the public health and wellbeing among people in communities in Wales and beyond. Our experience of cross-discipline research and appreciation for alternative approaches of enquiry allows us to take a holistic perspective in defining what it means to be ‘healthy and well’, what shapes health and wellbeing among different groups, understanding the opportunities that present to improve health and wellbeing in different settings and working with others to facilitate change.


Example projects include:

COPE Cymru - COVID-19 UK public experiences study

The COVID-19 UK public experiences study (COPE Cymru) is an interdisciplinary project being led by Dr Rhiannon Phillips (Cardiff Metropolitan University) in collaboration with researchers from Cardiff University, Swansea University and the University of Aberdeen. With external funding support from Ser Cymru, this UK-wide mixed-methods longitudinal study of 11,112 people seeks to understand the psychosocial factors associated with engaging in behaviour that prevents infection transmission of COVID-19 as well as health and well-being outcomes. The study will engage in knowledge exchange activities to ensure that vital information is made available rapidly to the public, government and health services to inform their immediate and longer-term response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cardiff Metropolitan University contacts: Dr Rhiannon Phillips, Dr Britt Hallingberg, Dr Denitza Williams.



Example projects include:

SPHERE (Sport Healing Rehabilitation) - ERASMUS+ funded EU project

SPHERE (Sport Healing Rehabilitation) is a two-year ERASMUS+ funded EU project involving seven partners from across Europe. The project aims to promote the use of physical activity as part of mental health and psychiatric rehabilitation programmes. Physical activity can promote and support mental health, however guidance on how to run physical activity programmes to improve mental health is lacking. To address this deficit, project SPHERE combines expertise from academia, psychiatric services, and physical activity delivery, to co-create practical, specific guidelines to support practitioners and health professionals in the development and application of physical activity programmes for people with mental health problems. To date, the guidelines have been used to inform four pilot actions programmes in Italy, Croatia, Finland, and the UK; have been shared globally through webinars, conferences, and articles; and, are publicly available, alongside additional intellectual outputs, on the project SPHERE website

Cardiff Metropolitan University contacts: Professor Diane Crone & Paul Sellars.