The Institute for Lifecourse Development

The institute brings a shared focus across all the professions and disciplines within the Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences, in both research and practice.

  • Centre for the Management of Ageing and Chronic Illness Issues: Research and practice to inform self-care, and health & social care practice.
  • Centre for Vulnerable Children and Families: Research and practice to focus on benefiting the lives of vulnerable children and their families across a broad range of contexts internationally.
  • Centre for Inequality and Marginalised, Stigmatised & Victimised Groups: Promoting research and intervention on social justice, stigma-reduction and integration.
  • Centre for Life Transitions, Behaviours, Choices and Mental Health: Focusing research and practice on supporting mental health and wellbeing throughout a person's life.
  • Centre for Thinking, Learning and Education: Research on applied aspects of cognition & learning and evidence informed education practice from early childhood to adult learning.
  • Centre for Professional Workforce Development, Leadership and Communication

Who we are

The Institute for Lifecourse Development is a key anchor resource hosted by the Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences. Professionals from related fields will work closely together with researchers and stakeholders from public, charitable and voluntary organisations. Together they will develop effective and economically sustainable life course solutions and tackle the grand challenge agendas society faces.

Working with our extensive network of external healthcare and education partners, as well as business and public sector organisations, we focus on using interdisciplinary expertise to promote the lifelong wellbeing of vulnerable and marginalised people in the community. Learn more about the Institute for Lifecourse Development.

Our work

The institute focuses on six research and practice centres:

  • Marginalised stigmatised and victimised groups
  • Vulnerable children, young people and families
  • Life transitions, behaviours, choices and mental health
  • Thinking, learning and education
  • Managing physical health, risks, chronic illness and ageing
  • Professional workforce development, leadership and communication