Public Engagement
Promoting public voice through more impactful conversations and exchanges


Developing creative ways to involve the public more meaningfully in decision-making.

Our focus is on:

(i) communicating data, evidence and information related to health, health inequalities and the built environment more effectively; and
(ii) sharing marginalized communities’ lived experience through purposefully-created digital methods.


We are developing our work into interventions to be tested in specific planning and development scenarios. We aim to include (i) early-stage regeneration projects and (ii) Liveable Neighbourhood initiatives.

In the spirit of the TRUUD co-production approach we are in discussions with our researchers-in-residence and local authority partners about entry points for this testing. We will work closely with the TRUUD Public Advisory Group (PAG) and others in the development and test of our interventions we to make sure they are relevant and likely to have impact.

Our approach has been informed by the team’s ongoing work on the Bristol Case Study – Spatial Planning, where we have been observing and evaluating current engagement approaches.

A review we conducted of digital tools and their current use in engagement with the public is also being used to identify the most impactful ways digital approaches can be used to communicate and interact with the public.


Four families explain the toll of living conditions on their physical and mental health in a series of films to help change urban planning policy and practice in the UK.

We commissioned a series of films to detail first-hand experiences and the impacts of overcrowding, lack of green space, damp, noisy or polluted environments on respiratory illnesses, mental health, child behaviour and quality of life.

They use evidence gathered through TRUUD research and our HAUS economic modelling tool. See our living in unhealthy places page for the films and data behind them.


Dr Andy Gibson at the University of the West of England

Dr Jo White at the University of the West of England

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