Longitudinal findings on the health effects of urban regeneration
posted on: May 17, 2013
According to a recently published study of urban regeneration in Glasgow, improving the quality of homes in disadvantaged neighbourhoods may lead to small, short-term mental health benefits for residents. Surprisingly, the study also found that other residents who spent two years living in neighbourhoods undergoing a programme of housing demolition did not seem to experience negative health impacts despite the deterioration of their residential environment.
These findings came from the GoWell study. GoWell is a research and learning programme that aims to investigate the impact of investment in housing, regeneration and neighbourhood renewal on the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities over a ten-year period. The programme aims to establish the nature and extent of these impacts, to learn about the relative effectiveness of different approaches, and to inform policy and practice in Scotland and beyond.
The study is a collaborative partnership between the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, the University of Glasgow, and the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, sponsored by Glasgow Housing Association, the Scottish Government, NHS Health Scotland and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.