Welcome to ORiEL

Latest Update!

The ORiEL Project is now in its third wave of research, and we are currently getting out into schools to survey the pupils now they are in Year 9.

The data from the second wave of research is now being analysed, and we hope to start seeing results from the data this summer.

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. An in depth explanation of the research can be found here.

Before the Olympic Games took place we surveyed 3,100 students across 25 different schools in East London. Around 1,250 parents or carers also volunteered to complete our questionnaire. In 2013 we re-visited all the people who took part to ask them the same questions again to see whether anything had changed in their lives in the short-term since the Games had taken place.

We also carried out three school focus groups, and 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.

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