GoWell is a longitudinal research and learning programme, investigating the impacts of investment in housing and neighbourhood regeneration in Glasgow on the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.

Launched in 2005, and planned as a ten-year programme, the study design allows us to examine a range of neighbourhood, housing and health-related factors before, during and after changes take place.


Regeneration of these communities involves a range of interventions including:

  • Housing improvements
  • Transformational regeneration
  • Resident relocation
  • The creation of mixed tenure communities
  • Changes in housing type (demolition of high-rise blocks and replacement with lower-rise flats and houses)
  • Community engagement and empowerment


We are studying all of these and are specifically looking at the impacts they may have in terms of four sets of outcomes:

  • Residential outcomes encompassing housing and neighbourhoods
  • Social and community outcomes
  • Empowerment
  • Health and wellbeing

Health and wellbeing outcomes are conceived as resulting primarily from positive changes in the other three outcomes.

Study components 

A spectrum of research approaches are being used to study these including a community health and wellbeing survey and embedded longitudinal survey; an outmovers survey; qualitative research; ecological analysis and an economic evaluation.

More detailed information on these interventions, outcomes and emerging findings, and study components can be found within the research and findings pages.