Glasgow Centre for Population Health

New forms of spiritual participation and social capital generation in Glasgow (GCPH, May 2007) explores how these might promote health and wellbeing for individuals and possibly for communities.  

Community responses to Let Glasgow Flourish (GCPH, October 2009) explores what the public think about the public health issues identified for Glasgow in the Let Glasgow Flourish report and what they think are the priorities to be addressed.

Connectness From social capitals and networks to resilience explores our understanding of social capital in Glasgow and prevalent and emerging narratives in the city.  Film of this presentation can be viewed here.

New Mindset and Action Plan for 21st Century Public Health. McCartney, Hanlon & Romanes 2008
Western governments currently prioritise economic growth and the pursuit of profit about alternative goals of sustainability, health and equality. Climate change and rising energy costs are challenging this consensus. The realisation of the transformation required to meet these challenges has provoked denial and conflict, but could lead to a more positive response which leads to a health dividend; enhanced well-being, less overconsumption and greater equality. This paper argues that public health can make its best contribution by adopting a new mindset, discourse, methodology and set of tasks.

Mindset: The new psychology of success. (Note: website link no longer available)
Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world renowned Stanford University Psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success – a simple idea that makes all the difference. According to Dweck, individuals can be placed on a continuum according to their implicit views of where ability comes from. Some believe their success is based on innate ability; these are said to have a "fixed" theory of intelligence. Others, who believe their success is based on hard work and learning, are said to have a "growth" or an "incremental" theory of intelligence. Individuals may not necessarily be aware of their own mindset, but their mindset can still be discerned based on their behaviour. It is especially evident in their reaction to failure. Fixed-mindset individuals dread failure because it is a negative statement on their basic abilities, while growth mindset individuals don't mind failure as much because they realize their performance can be improved. These two mindsets play an important role in all aspects of a person's life. Dweck argues that the growth mindset will allow a person to live a less stressful and more successful life.

The Afternow project
As part of the Culture and Wellbeing Study, Professor Phil Hanlon and colleagues launched a website which asks the question ‘what’s next for the health of society?’ The Afternow project seeks to trace the development of our current situation by unpacking the ideas which shape and limit contemporary responses.

Spiral dynamics
Spiral dynamics is based on the seminal work of the late Professor Clare Graves. He described a series of ‘Levels of Psychological Existence’ as an emerging pattern and priority of worldviews, value systems and complex adaptive intelligences arising in response to ‘Life Conditions’. This picture of human nature is neither finite nor static, but rather evolving and dynamic.

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The Scottish Social Attitudes Survey
The Scottish Social Attitudes series of surveys is a leading source of independent, high quality data on changing public attitudes. Like its sister series, the British Social Attitudes Survey, the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey provides authoritative data on a range of social, moral and political attitudes.

The European Social Survey
The European Social Survey is an academically driven social survey designed to chart and explain the interaction between Europe’s changing institutions and the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of its diverse populations.

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    Thursday, 26 May 2011

    Your Better Life Index

    A new, interactive index allowing users to measure and compare their lives.
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    Wednesday, 19 August 2009

    A Games Legacy for Glasgow

    Brochure outlining the potential legacy of Glasgow's role as Commonwealth Games host city in 2014.