Our Research

The physical, social and economic world influences what we eat and how much we move around. These dietary and physical activity behaviours have an effect on our health and others around us. They are among the most important risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer and mental health disorders. Of the 57 million deaths recorded worldwide in 2008, NCDs were responsible for 36 million.

These behaviours also impact back on the environment. For instance, our transport choices can influence greenhouse gas emissions, and our diet choices can impact on the sustainability of food production and supply globally.

CEDAR’s research looks at how the world in which we live shapes our behaviours, and therefore how we might target whole populations and systems to bring about a positive shift in our health. This could include how much access we have to green spaces, the transport we take to work, or the food choices that are available to us.


Research programmes

We have established eight interconnected research programmes that look at behaviours in a number of different settings and across the life-course.


Study directory

CEDAR leads on a number of studies involving new data collection, adds information to existing studies, and uses existing datasets to investigate new research questions.

CEDAR publications

You can search nearly 150 CEDAR scientific papers by author, journal, study, title and abstract keywords on our publications database at www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk/publications

A list of all Open Access publications can be found at: www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk/publications/tag/open-access


CEDAR people

CEDAR draws on the expertise of a wide range of scientific disciplines, including behavioural science, biostatistics, epidemiology, health economics, health geography, and nutrition research. We are also building research capacity for the future by developing the careers of MPhil and PhD students, and post-doctoral fellows in public health. Our research is supported by specialist expertise in data management, study coordination and communications.


Further information

  • Read our formal Objectives.
  • If you are unfamiliar with any of the terms used in this section, you can refer to our Glossary.
  • For more about how we are working to make our research useful for public health practice and policy, visit our Work with CEDAR section.