Author Archives: Becca Lovell

New job: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Environment-Health Decision Making

We have a new job opportunity! The 0.6%FTE post will be based with us at ECEHH at our Truro Campus and is fixed term basis from 01/12/2022 until 30/09/2026. The Post You will play a key role within the University of Exeter research team investigating how Urban Green- and Blue-Space (UGBS) can deliver equitable health […]

Nature, Health & Wellbeing CPD Course  

We at ECEHH run a Continuing Professional Development course, Nature, Health and Well-being. The next course dates have just been announced. It will run virtually on Zoom over four days on from 9:00 – 13:00 (UK time) on the 20th, 23rd, 27th, 30th March 2023 from the comfort of your home and/or office without the need […]

Nature on prescription for mental health trial: Feasibility stage

Ruth, Becca, Kerryn and a team from Exeter and Plymouth Universities have been awarded funds by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to conduct a feasibility study of nature based activities reached through social prescribing. The work will help prepare for a full Randomised Controlled Trial which will help clarify whether such activities are […]

New Job: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in people’s relationships with nature

A new four year post-doctoral post is available to work with Professor Kevin Gaston, Lewis, Becca and Jo on the RENEW project investigating key questions about the variation in and temporal dynamics of people’s relationships with nature, and their consequences. The role The post entails data collection and analysis to address key questions about the […]

New PhD: Affective forecasts and biodiversity renewal

A new fully-funded four year PhD studentiship is availible to work with Lewis, Becca and Professor Kevin Gaston. It will focus on understanding how people respond to changes in biodiversity and will be one of at least nine other PhDs associated with the NERC funded Renewing biodiversity through a people-in-nature approach (RENEW) project. The studentship […]

New PhD: Locating disability within processes of urban greening and green gentrification in the UK

There is now a relatively well-established evidence base suggesting that time spent in so-called ‘green’ space environments (for example, parks, gardens, woodlands and countryside areas) can be beneficial for human health and wellbeing. However, a growing body of critical research examining the social impacts of urban greening has also identified detrimental processes of ‘green gentrification’, […]

New UKPRP research funding: how urban greenspaces can contribute to tackling health inequalities

A team from ECEHH are part of a new £7.1m consortium funded by the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) to investigate the impact that nature can have in helping to prevent and reduce health inequalities in urban areas. Photo by Charles Parker from Pexels The project will be led by Dr Ruth Hunter Queen’s University […]

New Green Social Prescribing Resources

We have begun to collate a set of resources to support the evidence needs of Green Social Prescribing practitioners. On the pages you will find (hopefully) helpful evidence and resources to support green social prescribing. The topics are: Social prescribing Nature and health Mental health Health promotion Health inequalities Evaluation methods Volunteering Communities Systems working […]

Therapeutic nature project report published

The final report, and research briefing, for the Defra funded Therapeutic Nature: Nature-based social prescribing for diagnosed mental health conditions in the UK project has been published. The 12 month project aimed to identify what works in the use of nature-based therapeutic interventions for people with an identifiable mental illness. Background The Therapeutic Nature project […]

Nature on Prescription Handbook published

The nature based social prescribing team, led by James Fullam and Ruth Garside, have published a new “Nature on Prescription Handbook” aimed at providers of group nature-based interventions that target common mental health conditions, and that are (or will be) delivered via social prescribing schemes. The content will also be of interest to link workers, […]