New programme on social enterprise as a public health intervention funded
posted on: Dec 19, 2013
In early 2014, a new research project will get underway. The project, entitled ‘Evidencing social enterprise as a public health and well-being intervention’ has received backing from key funding bodies the Medical Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council.
This programme of research is led by Professor Cam Donaldson, Director of the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health, at Glasgow Caledonian University. Dr Hilary Thomson, of MRC/CSO SPHSU, is a co-investigator on the project. The project will involve collaboration between the social enterprise community in Scotland, and a number of like-minded partner universities at the start of a five-year study on the impact of social enterprise on the health and well-being of people and communities.
The team will work with leading social enterprises such as Glasgow-based Impact Arts and Aberdeen-based Aberdeen Foyer, and support organisations including Social Enterprise Scotland, SENSCOT and Social Firms Scotland.
Professor Donaldson added: “The project is driven by recent thinking about the potential for social enterprise to work with private and state sectors to address persistent and widening health inequalities.”