ECOHOST's Vision and Mission
Our vision is to be a world-leading centre for research, teaching and policy engagement on health and social change.
Our mission is to improve health during social change through policy analysis and influence.
About ECOHOST – The Centre for Health and Social Change
ECOHOST – The Centre for Health and Social Change at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has a well established international reputation for providing high quality evidence on the impacts of social change on health in the UK, Europe and globally through research, policy engagement and teaching. ECOHOST works across LSHTM and closely with other LSHTM Centres such as the Centre for Global NCDs and Centre for Global Mental Health.
ECOHOST is also a WHO Collaborating Centre, and hosts the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies which is a partnership between the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, the World Bank, the European Commission, research institutions and a number of country governments.
ECOHOST’s key approaches are:
- Multi-disciplinary research to examine the complex challenges related to health and social change
- Comparative cross-country analyses to generate and promote transnational learning
- Analysing changes in health systems and their ability to respond to change
- Learning from social change as natural experiments
- Strong policy engagement and knowledge translation
ECOHOST Core Themes
Health policy analysis and engagement
Our work includes researching the health impacts of the financial crisis and austerity policies, and analysing health policies across Europe and the former Soviet Union on a wide range of health topics. We also have strong policy engagement with key actors at national, European and global levels.
Health system change
Our work includes comparative health system analysis in Europe through our membership of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, and our research on topics such as health system responsiveness to cardiovascular disease in low, middle and high income countries globally.
Social, political, and economic change and determinants
Our work includes research on health impacts of reforms in the countries of the former Soviet Union, environmental influences on health, and health impacts and responses to armed conflict in countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia, and Ukraine.
ECOHOST was established as the European Centre for the Health of Societies in Transition in 1997 by Professor Martin McKee and Professor David Leon at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to conduct research and analyse policies on health and health care in countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Since then, the Centre has expanded to incorporate a broader conceptualization of transition which recognises the perpetual nature of social, economic, environmental and political change around the world and seeks to explain the impact of these changes on health and health systems. It maintains a strong but not exclusive focus on Europe, while expanding its work globally.