Schools, learning, physical activity and mental health

The school is an important developmental setting in children and young people's lives. Not only does it shape their life chances it also influences their mental health.

The project seeks to understand this context by asking how specific aspects of schooling relate to mental health and what are the consequences for young people’s development and achievement?

The research group is multidisciplinary and methodologically diverse. It adopts a broad public health perspective that spans the social sciences (sociology, cultural theory and social policy) and natural sciences (physical activity and nutrition).

Specific work packages

More information about the whole project can be found here:

Researching Norwegian young people’s everyday lives has the potential to provide insights that can help policymakers and practitioners better understand how institutions, such as schools and the family, and settings, such as local communities, can shape young people’s lives and identities in particular ways.

The main goal of this proposal is to consolidate and expand the research group in ways that improve the breadth and quality of its research in this arena and, in particular, the effectiveness of translating its findings into policy and practice.

Research outcomes of strategic importance to HINN relate to the generation of external funding, publications in peer reviewed journals, and the rising profile and associated recognition of the research group in the national and international arenas, including its potential to have an impact on policy and practice at a national level.

The aim is to create opportunities for internal HUAC staff, PhD stipendiats and Masters students to work productively with external collaborators.  

Collaborative partners

The research group has a number of national and international collaborative partners: the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, the National Centre for Food, Health and Physical Activity, the University of Bergen, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Loughborough University (England), and the University of Chester (England).