CHAIN brings together researchers from all global regions and different research disciplines to advance the current state-of-the-art by offering new insights from social, laboratory-based and natural experiments into the causal mechanisms linking socioeconomic status and health.
CHAIN brings together academia, the UN system, civil society and the private sector in a common organisational body to reduce the distance between research, policy and practice.
Health inequalities are present in all parts of the world. They contradict accepted values of human rights and manifest themselves from birth. NTNU, UNICEF and the Norwegian Public Health Institute are now primed to be a world leader in health inequality research by crossing disciplinary and sectoral dividing lines. Health inequalities have their roots in early life conditions. CHAIN will thus share the NTNU and UNICEF visions: “Knowledge for a Better World” (NTNU) and “Unite for children” (UNICEF).
The partnership with UNICEF provides opportunities for quasi-experimental studies of the effects of interventions (such as cash-transfers programs and education of parents) aimed at improving the well-being of children and their families. This will enable CHAIN to develop a new theoretical and analytical paradigm, which will focus on the specific channels between socioeconomic status and health amenable to social intervention and change. CHAIN will therefore also provide key evidence on the social policies and interventions with the largest potential to reduce health inequalities, both across countries and world regions.