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What is health?

Becca is leading a new piece of work focusing on demystifying the concept of ‘health’. The work forms part of the the five year, £6.5m Valuing Nature Programme. The Valuing Nature Programme (VNP) is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Arts […]

New NIHR funded project: green and blue spaces and mental health outcomes

Ben, Mat and Becca are collaborating on a newly funded National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Public Health Research project which will investigate whether spending time in green and blue spaces can have a positive effect on long-term wellbeing and mental health. The collaboration is led by Dr Sarah Rodgers, Associate Professor at Swansea University […]

BlueHealth: mapping and quantifying the potential benefits of Europe’s blue spaces to public health and wellbeing

Our colleagues working on the Horizon 2020 funded Blue Health project have published a protocol detailing the aims and methods of the project. The Blue Health project is led by Professor Lora Fleming and brings together a multi-disciplinary consortium to investigate how aquatic environments affect the health of Europe’s population. The research aims to understand […]

Designing and delivering effective urban green space interventions

There is a substantial evidence base to support using nature to enhance wellbeing, particularly within urban settings. However, when it comes to translating this evidence into on-ground action and using nature or green space within our cities as a public health intervention, it can raise a lot of questions. For example, what type of green space […]

Using social media data to track health and wellbeing impacts of pollen and air pollution

We have started work on a new ESRC funded project which will develop and evaluate prototype “social sensing” tools that use social media data to monitor environmental triggers (pollen and air pollution) for asthma and hayfever. We aim to help build the evidence base for the feasibility of the use of social sensing in an […]

World Health Organisation Urban Green Spaces and Health report

Ben Wheeler has worked with Mike Depledge and colleagues from around Europe to co-author an important new report, for World Health Organisation (Europe), on the beneficial effects of urban green space for health. The report can be downloaded here. The comprehensive report summarises the existing evidence of linkages (both positive and negative) between urban green […]

International Day for Biological Diversity 2016

Sunday the 22nd of May is International Day for Biological Diversity 2016, this year’s theme is ‘Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods’. The United Nations and Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD) state: Biodiversity is the foundation for life and for the essential services provided by ecosystems. It therefore underpins peoples’ livelihoods and sustainable development in […]