Gianmarco Dellacasa

Host university: Durham University

PhD research project: On the edges: Physical activity as a driver for reducing health inequalities in marginalised populations

Project summary: My research focuses on health inequalities and physical activity, with specific reference to marginalised young adults (aged 16 to 25 years old) living in the North East of England. The research analyses whether and how co-designed physical activity opportunities could work as a means to not only improve physical and mental well-being, but also empower individuals and their communities through civic engagement, affecting the social determinants of health and potentially contributing to wider social change.

The project will involve young adults and youth organisations in County Durham and Tyne and Wear. The purpose is to generate a co-designed physical activity action aiming to improve the health and well-being of the community. It will be based on participatory approaches and will be left open, as much as possible, to the co-designed process, allowing young people to decide what kind of physical activity to include as well as its target and many other aspects.

My background and research interests: I have a MSc in Sport Management and a BSc in Physical education and sport activities from Foro Italico University of Rome. I am interested in collective and co-designed activities with young people and young adults, sport and physical activity, as well as civic engagement and social justice issues.

Expected PhD completion date: March 2024

Contact: [email protected]