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Our Future Foyle

Improving the Experience of the River

How can we design and deliver real-life impact interventions to help promote well-being and regeneration along the River Foyle, Derry/LondonDerry? 

Our Future Foyle is a socially transformative project on an urban scale based along Derry’s six-mile waterfront.

Driven by the need to address concerns over the mental health and well-being of the city’s community, the project began in 2016 as a research commission funded by Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland (PHA), to investigate ways of improving the mental well-being of the population along the banks and bridges of the River Foyle.

Since then the project has grown to a significant scale, and in drawing the support of an estimated £15 million in funding capital, has expanded its commitment to improving the mental well-being of the city with a broader scope. It is anticipated that the project will achieve significant economic and health benefits for the region through the delivery of high-profile and distinctive design interventions.

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Research Associates:
Ralf Alwani, Gavin Gribben

Social & Global Research Leader: 
Dr Jak Spencer

Senior Research Fellow
Dr Jo-Anne Bichard

Research Partner: 
Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland