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Caroline Lee Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellow

Caroline  Lee, Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellow

Caroline Lee is the Prince of Wales Fellow in retail organisations engagement activities and community wellbeing supported by ASDA. She is a Senior Research Associate with over 20 years’ experience in project and programme evaluation and research across a variety of policy areas, including public health, mental health, employment, education, and childcare. With experience across the range of research methodologies, she favours qualitative approaches, and is interested in participatory methods.

Caroline has recently been conducting a review of on community-based initiatives in support of mental health of older adults at times of psychosocial stress; and contributing to a participatory review of community involvement in place-based decision-making. Caroline is also co-leading a realist informed case study in this region for a national project on local authorities approaches to improving public health and reducing inequalities in the context of austerity.

Other recent projects include: developing age-friendly rural communities: the contribution of local participatory planning processes; reviewing the potential of time credit systems for improving public health; supporting local commissioners in developing evaluation frameworks for a healthy communities fund; increasing attention to ethnicity and migration within public health; engaging communities in thinking about dementia risk; investigating peer support approaches to social care for older prisoners; and evaluating a creative participatory approach to research with young people attending Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Office Phone: +44 (0) 1223 731028


Research interests

Her research interests include addressing inequalities through preventative, sustainable, system-based and context-sensitive approaches to population health.


Before joining the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Public Health in 2011, Caroline held research positions at the University of Oxford, IPSOS MORI and ECORYS consultancies.


  • MA Social Policy, University of York. 1995. (Thesis: “The ‘Seamless’ care of older people returning from hospital into the community: reality or rhetoric?”)
  • BA (Hons) European Studies, with French and Spanish (Class 2.1) University of Hull, UK. 1994

Other affiliations

Caroline also contributes to the NIHR School for Public Health Research programmes of work on ‘public mental health’ and ‘places and communities’, through her position at Cambridge Institute of Public Health (CIPH).

Funding and awards

Cambridge Humanities Research Grants Scheme 2016: CHILL: Connected for Cognitive Health in Later Life. A Community Based Participatory Research project in Chatteris, UK (Co-PI with Dr Lafortune)


Selected Publications


  • Lee C, McGrath M, Remes O, Lafortune L. A systematic Scoping Review of the effect of community-based interventions on psychosocial stressors and mental health in older adults. (In progress) Target journal: BMC Public Health.
  • Lee C, Buckner S, Mattocks C, Oliver E, Barnes A, Lafortune L. Neighbourhood Planning, Rural Ageing and Public Health Policy. (In progress) Target journal: Planning Policy and Practice.
  • Salway S; Holman D, Lee C, McGowan V, Ben-Shlomo Y, Saxena S, Nazroo J.Transforming the health system for the UK’s multiethnic population. BMJ (Accepted for publication, January 2020)
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