The University of Bristol has announced the launch of a Gambling Harms Research Center (GHRC), which is funded by a grant from GambleAware, following a rigorous and competitive selection process moderated by an independent panel of experts.
This independent center has had an investment of €4.7 million with the aim of generating greater understanding and evidence on the harms of gambling in Great Britain.
In a press release, the University of Bristol stresses that the GHRC is led by renowned multidisciplinary research experts and will apply a public health approach to advance best practice research to deepen understanding and raise awareness of the harms of gambling.
Furthermore, the GHRC is ready to place Britain at the global forefront of evidence-based, multi-disciplinary action to prevent and reduce the negative impacts of gambling.
The first-of-its-kind academic center is set to address the issues through cutting-edge research that will deepen understanding, raise awareness, strengthen consumer protection in physical and online environments.
Co-Director Agnes Nairn, Professional Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement and Professor of Marketing, said: “The University of Bristol, home to world-leading research centers in Health, Innovation, Poverty, Co-production and Digital Futures, has already brought together researchers from every Faculty to be part of the new Hub. Our aim is to attract the very best international researchers from computer scientists to anthropologists to work with us on tackling this very under-researched area”.
On the other hand, Zoë Osmond, CEO of GambleAware, said: “The new Gambling Harms Research Center is a major step forward, bringing together new and exciting methodologies with a clear focus on impact in one of the country’s top universities. We are incredibly excited about the long-term benefits that this work will bring by driving new public health approaches to reduce gambling harms for a wide range of communities.”
The new center will work through the integration of knowledge and research from six faculties, spanning 26 disciplines, including: personal finance, marketing, psychology, neuroscience, economic and human geography, engineering mathematics, and politics.
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