Our Results: Research

EuroHealthNet participates in the implementation of several European projects and programmes funded by DG Research under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union (FP7) and Horizon 2020.

Ongoing and past studies include:

CHAIN is the Centre for Global Health Inequalities Research, which brings together researchers from all global regions and different research disciplines to advance the current state-of-the-art. It does this by offering new insights from social, laboratory-based and natural experiments into the causal mechanisms linking socioeconomic status and health. It brings together academia, the UN system, civil society and the private sector in a common organisational body to reduce the distance between research, policy and practice.

EuroHealthNet is a partner in CHAIN's Global Health Inequalities project (2019-2025), which aspires to make CHAIN a world-leading centre and research network for the international study of global health inequalities. 

More information is available on the CHAIN website and in its annual report, CHAIN at a Glance 2020.

To download the CHAIN introductory flyer, click here.

The Intersectoral Health and Environment Research for Innovation (INHERIT) project is looking at the links between our living, moving or consuming patterns and the environment, our health and equity. This large-scale Horizon 2020 initiative, coordinated by EuroHealthNet, brings together experts from the health, environment and other sectors, including technology, to investigate policies, practices and innovations that can influence our behaviours to achieve a ‘triple win’.

To move towards a healthier, more equitable and environmentally sustainable future, INHERIT aims to:

  • Make more explicit the links between the environment, health, wellbeing, health equity, and our lifestyles and behaviours;

  • Contribute to raising awareness amongst policy makers and the general public about our (un)sustainable lifestyles and behaviours and how they impact the environment, health and health equity;

  • Identify solutions -policies, interventions and innovations- that help make healthy and environmentally sustainable behaviours the easy and attractive ‘default’ option for all, through a range of different sources (literature review, visioning exercise, citizens’ fora);

  • Build the evidence-base regarding cost-effective, good practice models that can be replicated in different contexts;

  • Build capacity and encourage leadership from the health sector to work inter-sectorally with the environment and other sectors;

  • Use the evidence base to advocate, and mobilise key actors to implement the identified solutions, to help achieve Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.



SPREAD aimed to address the challenge of maintaining or improving quality of life of an ageing European society while at the same time reducing current levels of energy, transport and resource use.  This is because societal innovation and significant changes in behaviours and lifestyles are vital to achieve long-term economic prosperity for all within the bio-capacity of our planet.

To know more about SPREAD - click here


The GRADIENT project aimed to identify measures that could level-up socio-economic gradients in health among children and young people in the EU. The main objectives were to develop a consensus based European Framework to monitor and evaluate public health policies, to assess if and why children and families from different socio-economic groups respond and act differently to public policy interventions, to make a review of protective factors for the health of children and young people and their families focusing on social capital, and to analyse different welfare regimes and general policies in different EU countries and compare the impact for families and children.

Findings and results of the project were formulated into policy recommendations and disseminated at EU, national and regional level.

For more information about GRADIENT, including the GRADIENT book and app - click here


DRIVERS was a three-year research project funded by the 7th Framework programme aiming to find links and best ways to tackle health equity through policy and practice in early childhood development, employment and working conditions, and income and social protection.

EuroHealthNet was also researching the best methodologies for effective advocacy and knowledge transfer and translation.

For more information about DRIVERS - click here

A wide-ranging systematic review of the academic and grey literature was carried out for DRIVERS; this systematic review was subsequently published by the Milbank Quarterly


IROHLA aimed to develop evidence-based guidelines to improve health equity in the ageing population. It did so by taking stock of on-going health literacy programmes and projects. It then identified, validated, and presented around 20 interventions which constitute a comprehensive approach for addressing health literacy needs of the ageing population in Europe.

The project involves representatives of the ageing population, academia, all levels of governments, the business community, and other stakeholders to ensure that feasibility, usefulness and effectiveness of the selected interventions. EuroHealthNet was responsible for Communication and Dissemination in the FP7-funded IROHLA project. The project ran until November 2015.

Access to the policy briefs produced by Irohla.

  • Making healthy ageing a reality - A comprehensive approach to health literacy - Here
  • Health literacy in the older population - How it can contribute to sustainable health systems - Here
  • Health literacy for healthy ageing - Here

More information on IROHLA – click here.


This project, funded by NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe), aims to answer the following, pressing, question: Why do social inequalities in health persist in European welfare states and what can be done to reduce them? Led by Professor Clare Bambra of Durham University, the project will examine:

  • Theoretical pathways between welfare states and social inequalities in health
  • Typologies of healthcare systems and social inequalities in health
  • The welfare state, healthcare systems, and social inequalities in mortality
  • The welfare state, healthcare systems and social inequalities in morbidity
  • Evidence reviews of welfare state, healthcare system and public health policy interventions to reduce social inequalities in health

In the final stage of the project HiNews will produce country-specific policy toolkits, and thus aims to impact both on academic and policy spheres. EuroHealthNet is involved throughout, concentrating in particular on dissemination, advocacy and linking the project and findings to policy processes.

For more information on HiNews - click here.