Anatomy of Loneliness: BBC Radio 4 Survey on Loneliness


  • Prof Pamela Qualter

    University of Manchester

Project summary

Loneliness affects most of us at some point in our lives and it has been linked to a range of mental and physical health problems. In this project, a team of academics will work with BBC Radio 4 to create an online survey that explores the factors that propel people into or out of loneliness. We will find out if there is a stigma surrounding loneliness and why loneliness is transitory for some and long-lasting for others. We will also investigate whether the digital world affects loneliness.

The results of the survey will be revealed at a public event at the Wellcome Collection which will be broadcast as part of a series on loneliness on BBC Radio 4 presented by Claudia Hammond.