Research and Intelligence

Society

The Society section provides access to research and intelligence related to the following topics:

Population & Migration
Health & Wellbeing
Quality of Life
Culture & Heritage
Voluntary & Community Sector

Population & Migration

The Northwest is becoming an increasingly diverse place which, like the UK as a whole is undergoing fundamental changes in its demographic structure. Furthermore as fertility rates fall while mortality rates rise, a consequence is that the population is ageing. The demography and diversity of a population has significant impacts upon the labour market, infrastructure, cultural requirements and public service requirements. Understanding trends in population can allow policy makers to maximise benefits and minimise threats. Population and migration research covers equality groups, ethnicity, migration, demographic change, family and household composition and diversity.

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Health & Wellbeing

High standards of health are fundamental in ensuring the mental and physical wellbeing of the population. Allowing people to live long and healthy lives is not only vital to individual and societal improvement but also economic development. The Northwest lags behind the rest of England for a range of health indicators as well as economic indicators demonstrating their inextricable link. Research into health and wellbeing covers life expectancy, lifestyle factors, mental health, and health and employment, the relationship between health and deprivation and a range of indices design to capture, in one way or another, the immense health inequalities in the Northwest and beyond.

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Quality of Life

Entrepreneurial and community-spirited people are one of the Northwest’s biggest assets. Their quality of life is fundamental to both the future social and economical prosperity of the region. Areas in the Northwest once considered the heartlands of British industry are now amongst the most deprived; the port of Liverpool, textiles towns of Lancashire and Greater Manchester, the former steel town of Barrow-in-Furness. As industry has evolved these areas have been left behind in deprivation and disadvantage. Research into the quality of life of the Northwest’s residents takes a number of forms including understanding levels of deprivation, social and economic inclusion, income inequality, worklessness, crime, and access to amenities.

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Culture & Heritage

Culture is one of the most important aspects of life in the Northwest be it through the region’s diverse peoples, its world class historic environment, its considerable sporting assets or through its many hundreds of museums, galleries, theatres, libraries archives and even the streets themselves. This list of assets alone demonstrates that culture is a complex and dynamic phenomenon, one which is contentious and one which means very different things to different people. This conceptual challenge is recognised through a broad research base which acknowledges the many dimensions of culture in the Northwest – heritage, the arts, tourism and the visitor economy, sport and cultural amenities.

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Voluntary & Community Sector

The Voluntary and Community Sector is also a vital tool in developing quality of life at the grassroots level and has the best access and the most up to date knowledge on the issues that affect communities and neighbourhoods. Research into the sector includes understanding its capacity, its scale, its economic impact and the impact of the recession on its ability to help communities in need.

Visit the Publications page to access research related to the society themes above.

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