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Informing environmental investment for health and wellbeing

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 […]

Therapeutic Nature: Call for Evidence

We are looking for information on nature based therapies for people with diagnosed mental health conditions from anyone involved with the commissioning, referral or delivery of the interventions. Call for Evidence Are you involved in delivering or referring to nature-based therapies aimed at people with diagnosed mental health conditions? If so, the European Centre for Environment […]

Paper on the potential of healthy urban microbiome initiatives

Becca has co-authored a paper with colleagues from the Universities of Tasmania and Adelaide and Public Health Dorset highlighting the potential of urban microbiome initiatives for promoting public health. In the paper we suggest that: “…Urban green spaces have a clear benefit to both environmental and human health. The mechanisms behind this connection are not […]

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 changes in the green and blue spaces we are exposed to effect long-term wellbeing and mental health. The collaboration is led by Dr Sarah Rodgers, Associate Professor at Swansea University Medical […]

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 […]