New analysis of Health Survey for England data by Jo Garrett and colleagues suggests that living near the coast may help mitigate health inequalities in urban populations. The aim of the study was to investigate the association between mental health and coastal proximity (operationalised into five categories: (1) 0–1 km; (2) >1–5 km; (3) >5–20 km; (4) >20–50 km; […]

Authored by Sarah Bell and originally published on the Sensing Nature blog. Engaging with birdlife Why do we tune into the sounds of nature? What captures our attention and how do we relate to these soundscapes? These are some of the questions that we have explored during the Sensing Nature project; a two-year qualitative study […]

Our review of what approaches to social prescribing work, for whom, and in what circumstances, led by Kerryn Husk at the University of Plymouth and Ruth Garside here at ECEHH, has been published in the journal Health and Social Care in the Community! The aims of the review were to explore what is known about […]

We have been awarded funding to develop a ‘Demystifying Health Metrics’ publication for the Valuing Nature Programme. Guidance on what Health Metrics are, how and when to use them, and what they are used for is one of the key concerns of the Valuing Nature Community. Appropriate use of health metrics is vital to demonstrating […]

Our colleague Tytti Pasanen from Tampere University in Finland, working with members of the Beyond Greenspace team, has published a new paper on the linkages between bluespace and health and wellbeing. The team also investigated the role that different types of physical activity may play in the relationships. Using data from the Health Survey for […]

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new research project at ECEHH, ‘Informing environmental investment for health and wellbeing’ funded by the South West Partnership for Environmental and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP). SWEEP is a collaborative initiative which brings academics, businesses and policy makers together to solve some of the many challenges involved in managing […]

We’ve been working with collaborators at Stanford and the University of Washington involved in the Natural Capital Project for a few years on how we can properly incorporate health and wellbeing into assessments of ecosystem services. There’s been a lot of other action in the UK and internationally on this topic over these few years, […]