Galway researchers explore link between well-being and socioeconomic status

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Researchers from NUI Galway have launched the ‘SHEER’  project, an Irish case study looking into important links between our environment, our health and well-being, and our socioeconomic status in Ireland.

Led by the Whitaker Institute at NUI Galway, the €175,000 SHEER project will explore the importance of data from different sources in decision making, policy development and the quality of our lives.

Partnering with the Insight Centre for Data Analytics and the HSE, the pioneering project will deliver a case study and a clear road map for the future direction of our environment, our health and our wellbeing in Ireland.

The SHEER project is responding to the European Economic Area (EEA) call for Ireland to be a case study in their 2019 Environment, Health and Wellbeing report.

Dr Christine Domegan, leader of the SHEER project, said: “Over the last ten years we’ve contributed to a growing body of evidence that shows human health and a healthy environment are inextricably linked (WHO EURO EH, 2017; EEA, 2014, EPA Strategic Plan, 2016–2020 and Healthy Ireland, 2013-2025).

“However, without a multi-causal and coordinated approach to data, it is difficult to develop these findings further and use them to inform policies.

“SHEER will help us to link different datasets together, emphasising how important it is to connect national data to regional and local issues.”