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The Aftershock of Deindustrialisation study - phase two

Date: September 2011
Category: Report
Work programme: European post-industrial regions
Author: Martin Taulbut, David Walsh, Sophie Parcell, Phil Hanlon, Anja Hartmann, Gilles Poirier and Dana Strniskova

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This report illustrates the second phase of the research project which compares health and its determinants in West Central Scotland with a number of post-industrial European regions.

The first phase was published in 2008 - The Aftershock of Deindustrialisation - trends in mortality in Scotland and other parts of post-industrial Europe. The results of this study showed that mortality was generally lower in the other regions compared to West Central Scotland, and was improving faster. 

This aim of this second phase was therefore to investigate reasons why this was the case. More specifically it sought to determine: 

  • whether West Central Scotland's poorer health could be explained purely in terms of socio-economic factors (poverty, deprivation etc)
  • whether comparisons of other key health determinants data could identify important differences between West Central Scotland and other regions. 

This report presents analyses of a range of data across twelve post-industrial regions in Europe (four in the UK, four in western mainland Europe and four in eastern mainland Europe). 

It is also underpinned by illustrative examples of more in-depth comparisons between West Central Scotland and four particular regions within Germany, France, Poland and the Czech Republic. The case studies are highlighted in grey throughout this report and are available as separate reports. (click on the links below for each stand alone case study report). 

1. Case study: Health and its determinants in West Central Scotland compared to the Ruhr area in Germany 

2. Case study: Health and its determinants in West Central Scotland compared to Nord-Pas-de-Calais in France

3. Case study: Health and its determinants in West Central Scotland compared to Silesia in Poland 

4. Case study: Health and its determinants in West Central Scotland compared to Northern Moravia in the Czech Republic