Background to our Relational Approach

Underpinning our approach is an understanding of the complex nature of systems. This informs both the development and evaluation of ways to support population health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. All of our work is co-created with the people whose lives are affected by the issues.



Despite decades of research which has shown that social relationships have a significant and robust effect on health and wellbeing  (see Holt-Lunstad et al., 2017 for review), approaches to creating health promoting environments are largely at the level of individual behaviours or individuals in isolation.  Although there are calls for a complex systems approach to understanding and addressing major public health issues, there are very few examples of programmes which have explicitly taken a relational approach to alter both the nature and the quality of the relations in support of health and wellbeing.