Senior Lecturer (Honorary)
Cardiff University

Eva Elliott is an Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University School of Social Sciences, and remains active as a researcher with an external independent research company. 

Eva’s academic interests have focused on health inequalities and the unjust social and economic determinants that sustain these.  She has conducted, or advised on, a multiplicity of large scale national evaluations of community or place based interventions, most of which have had some focus on the collective resources and powers required to improve health and wellbeing and to influence neighbourhood and wider systemic social change. 

She has also held other positions, including Director of the Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit (now based within Public Health Wales); PI and CI on two major Connected Communities projects (a ten-year cross Research Council programme (led by the Arts and Humanities Research Council on the changing nature of communities and the role they play in enhancing wellbeing and in social and economic change); academic lead for one of Cardiff University’s flagship engagement projects: Strong Communities, Healthier People; and the academic lead for the Cultural Participation Research Network in Wales.   

She is also co-Director of Straeon Research.  Straeon is the Welsh for ‘stories’.

Cultural Participation Research Network
The Cultural Participation Research Network was established in June 2017 with help from Cardiff University’s Strong Communities, Healthier People Flagship Engagement Project led by Dr Eva Elliott. The network brought together a range of individuals and organisations in Wales
Research Team:
Eva Elliott (Cardiff University)
Productive Margins
Overview Community engagement needs radical re-design. All too often decision-making is top-down and decision makers do not adequately engage, deeming ‘community engagement’ a passive exercise. Communities are often only invited to comment on decisions which have already
Research Team:
Martin Innes, Emma Renold (Cardiff University), Eva Elliott (Cardiff University), Gabrielle Ivinson (Aberdeen University)
Representing Communities: Developing the Creative Power of People to Improve Health and Well-being
Funding: £1.5 million The Project is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Communities, Cultures, Health and Wellbeing Research Grant. The aim of this project was to establish how community representations produced through creative arts practices (e.g
Research Team:
Gareth Williams, Eva Elliott (Cardiff University), Pete Seaman, Qulsom Frazil, Clare Barker, Roiya Saltus, Issie MacPhail, Joanna Skelt, Claire Mckechnie-Mason
Strong Communities Healthier People
Funding: £343,384.25 This Engagement project will build on a legacy of social science informed community-based research over the last 10 years in two of the Welsh Government’s Communities First Clusters. The aim is to build on these past and current research projects and
Research Team:
Gareth Williams, Ian Rees Jones (Cardiff University), Eva Elliott (Cardiff University), Martin O'Neill (Cardiff University)
Reports and Briefings
Weathering the Storms: the hidden value of community anchor organisations
Executive summary This report is based on previous research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council1 which bore witness to what happened to two established community organisations2 , who delivered the Communities First programme3 locally, from the announcement of...
February 2021
Workshop CPRN Meeting: 'IN THE SYSTEM'
22nd January 2020 |
'IN THE SYSTEM' A research-based play on the barriers to accessing mental health services. Hosted by Dr Rhiannon Lane, Reality Theatre Company, and the Cultural Participation Research Network (CPRN). Sponsored by Jayne Bryant AM. Funded by Wellcome...
Seminar Cultural Participation Research Network December meeting
1st December 2017 |
Join us for the second Cultural Participation Research Network meeting, we will be providing lunch and an opportunity for networking, as well as updating on developments so far. We will also be hearing about the seed corn funding and the projects...
Affiliate ESRC Festival of Social Science 2017: Class: The elephant in the room
6th November 2017 |
The middle classes run the arts; they define value, they define excellence, they define what the next new thing is. Don't they? Then what are the possibilities for change in an industry that undervalues and distances itself from working-class people...