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ORiEL (Olympic Regeneration in East London) is a major research project funded by an NIHR Public Health Research grant. It involves researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), London School of Hygiene and Tropic Medicine (LSHTM), and the University of East London (UEL).

The aim of the project is to evaluate the impact of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy and regeneration activities on the health and well-being of young people and their families in East London. For an in depth explanation of the research see our ‘about the project’ page.

Young People’s Survey

acroBefore the Olympic Games took place we surveyed 3,100 Year 7 students across 25 different schools in East London. We then went back a year later when the students were in Year 8, and we completed the third wave of research with the students in Year 9 in 2014.

We are currently busy carrying out data analysis and writing up reports based on our findings.

For information on the first and second wave data take a look at our latest newsletter on our ‘findings‘ page.

Parents Survey

Alongside the young people’s survey we have done a parent survey. Over 1000 parents in total have taken part over the three waves of the project which, combined with the young people’s data, gives us a fuller picture of a family’s life and how it may have changed.

In-depth Interviews

runnerWe carried out school focus groups with young people in the ORiEL Project in Year 8 and met up with the same students again in 2014 when they were in Year 9 to talk about how things had changed since the Olympics. We also carried out interviews and ‘go alongs’ (walks with people around their local areas) with about 20 families, both before and after the Games.

This qualitative research has given us more nuanced and informed personal accounts of the effects of the Olympics and Olympic legacy on local people.

Contact us

If you’d like to get in touch about any aspect of the ORiEL Project, please send us an email at: