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'Growing up during neighbourhood change' is a PhD research project led by Hana Riazuddin at the Geography Department, King’s College London.


Southwark and Lambeth are parts of London undergoing a lot of re-development and change. Young people in Southwark and Lambeth have a higher prevalence of poor mental health than in London and England (Lambeth, 2018; Southwark, 2018). Both councils have noted a concern about national funding cuts whilst facing growing demand for young people’s public health services.

Using both statistical methods and participatory visual approaches, the research aims to better understand how urban regeneration impacts young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Young people’s voices on urban life have been marginalised both in research and within policy decision making. However, they are often highly knowledgeable of both their neighbourhoods and their health.


In recruiting young people to work as peer researchers, this study works with them to use their expertise, perspectives and contributions individually and collectively to reflect on psychosocial health within the wider debate on urban and social transformation.

Working collaboratively with young people, the project seeks to:

  • Explore how they experience, negotiate and think about changes happening in the places they live in

  • Support young people to make their voices heard about their neighbourhoods

  • Co-produce research with communities in creative ways

  • Provide opportunities for skills development for peer researchers in research, the arts and project management.

In addition to the participatory project with peer researchers, the research will also include a quantitative secondary analysis from the South East London Community Health Study (SELCoH) to identify aspects of the built and social environment that influence Common Mental Disorders (such as anxiety and depression).  

I will also be conducting interviews with local organisations or individuals that work with young people in Southwark and Lambeth.

If you have any questions or require more information about this study, please contact me using the following contact details:


Hana Riazuddin

Geography department, King’s College London

Bush House (North East Wing), 30, Aldwych, London WC2B 4BG


If this study has harmed you in any way or if you wish to make a complaint about the conduct of the study you can contact King's College London using the details below for further advice and information:


Clare Herrick 
Tel: 020 7848 1735 

Address: Geography department, King’s College London

Bush House (North East Wing), 30, Aldwych, London WC2B 4BG


This research is supported and funded by:

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