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Wellbeing, Engagement, Ageing: Exploring the impact of social leisure engagement on the psychological, cognitive, and physical wellbeing of older adults.


WE-EngAGE explores the impact of social leisure engagement on the psychological, cognitive, and physical wellbeing of older adults (aged 55+), seeking to identify ways to increase social leisure engagement. The study is led by University College London in partnership with the University of Edinburgh.


The University of Edinburgh are leading the qualitative component of the study, drawing on the COM-B (capability, opportunity, motivation, behaviour) and social-ecological models to explore the barriers and enablers of social leisure engagement (including the arts).

We are also working in partnership with a cross-sector advisory group, including older adults with lived experience and individuals/organisations working across research, practice, and policy to help refine research directions, ensuring impact activities reach wider and more diverse audiences. 

This study is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). To find out more, visit the website for the Social Biobehavioural Research Group at University College London.


/ Dr Hei Wan (Karen) Mak

University College London

/ Dr Katey Warran

University of Edinburgh

/ Saoirse Finn

University College London

/ Prof Daisy Fancourt

University College London

/ Advisory Group

Prof Helen Chatterjee (UCL & UKRI Health Disparities and Mobilising Community Assets Lead); Michael Cheung (Lived Experience Researcher); Anjie Chhapia (Lived Experience Researcher); Beverley Chipp (Lived Experience Researcher); Dr Bogdan Chiva Giurca (National Academy for Social Prescribing); Rosie Dow (Arts and Health Consultant); Dr Robyn Dowlen (University of Manchester & Chair of the British Society of Gerontology Creative Ageing SIG); Jackie Hardy (Lived Experience Researcher); Stephen Jeffreys (Lived Experience Researcher); Dr Harriet Radermacher (u3a – University of the Third Age); Martin Robertson (Lived Experience Researcher); Janet Seale (Lived Experience Researcher); Sudhir Shah (Lived Experience Researcher); Prof Andrew Steptoe (PI of ELSA, UCL); and Dr Liz Thackray (u3a – University of the Third Age)

Exploring the interconnections between public health, the arts, theory, and sociology.
Contact us today to learn more about who we are and how to get involved with the PATHS Research Group.

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