Our vision is of a unique interdisciplinary centre of excellence, researching the impact of social business, microfinance and wider Civil Society provision on the health and well-being of vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in Scotland, the UK and overseas.
Our mission is to make a tangible difference to people’s lives through:
- Better understanding health risks, determinants of health inequalities and drivers of well-being, particularly in deprived communities;
- Examining how such risks, inequalities and drivers can be influenced by social rather than medical interventions;
- Developing methods and exploring disciplinary interfaces to devise new frameworks for evaluating social business, microfinance and related social innovations;
- Collaborating with the public, policy makers and practitioners in translating research evidence for improvement in health and well-being.
Generally, this means that the focus of the research conducted at the Yunus Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University is on:
- Social business, microcredit and social inclusion ‘interventions’ which aim to tackle vulnerability to low income or disadvantage, with its consequent impacts on health and well-being, and where ‘vulnerability’ might reflect poverty but also other aspects of social disadvantage (e.g. rural isolation, frailty in old age);
- The potential role of public funding for social business, microcredit and social inclusion interventions, as this may involve demonstrably better value from public investment relative to other interventions;
- Responses to health inequalities which have more of a bottom-up (i.e. stemming from and involving communities themselves) as opposed to ‘top-down’ origin;
- Partnering with social businesses and microfinance providers with a strong social mission.