Glasgow and London team up for research project

A new research project is under way at GCU London, investigating the financial lives of people with long-term health conditions and low incomes.

Led by Dr Olga Biosca, working with Profs Rachel Baker, Cam Donaldson and Antony Morgan and Dr Neil McHugh, the project is funded by Guys and St Thomas’ Charity for one year.

The aim of the project is to establish whether there is a link between people’s financial lives (including the use of microcredit initiatives) and their health (focusing on co-morbidities), and the mechanisms that facilitate this association.  This builds on a previous study in Glasgow, “Finwell“, funded by the Chief Scientist Office and completed in 2017.

Three new researchers have been appointed at GCU London:  Dr Ahalya Bala, Dr Greg White and Marta Mojarrieta.  They will generate quantitative and qualitative data using financial diaries, qualitative interviews and Q methodology.

Director of the Yunus Centre, Professor Rachel Baker, said: “This is an exciting and important project and builds on previous work in Glasgow. These are fantastic appointments through which we can strengthen existing research links between the Yunus Centre in Glasgow and GCU London.”

Professor Antony Morgan, Dean of GCU London, said: “This is a great opportunity for GCU London to demonstrate its collaboration with colleagues in Glasgow.  For me, it’s more than the Finwell researchers occupying a space in London, highlighting the possibilities that can arise through good partnership working to deliver common University goals. I hope we can grow such opportunities through collaborative with other parts of the University.”

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