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 FP7 funded SPREAD project aimed to create scenarios of sustainable lifestyles in 2050 focusing on sustainable living, moving, consuming and healthy living. It developed a roadmap with a timeline on how to achieve sustainable lifestyles. Knowledge and information on sustainable lifestyles was shared and transferred through an on-line platform for stakeholders that hosted an ongoing dialogue open to the public. Based on the findings and results of the project, a research agenda for EC policy makers on how to facilitate the shift towards more sustainable lifestyles was developed. EuroHealthNet contributed to the work on healthy lifestyles. The project was coordinated by UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production in Germany.

Find the SPREAD baseline report 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.

Find the GRADIENT book The Right Start to a Healthy Life here
Find the GRADIENT Evaluation Framework 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.

The most important resources that came forth from this project were:


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


HiNEWS, funded by NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe), aimsedto 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 examined:

  • 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 produced country-specific policy toolkits, and thus aimed to impact both on academic and policy spheres. EuroHealthNet was involved throughout, concentrating in particular on dissemination, advocacy and linking the project and findings to policy processes.