Category Methods

ECEHH leads new qualitative evidence synthesis methods group

A new Campbell Collaboration and Collaboration for Environmental Evidence Working Group, involving several members of ECEHH and led by Dr Ruth Garside, has been established. The new Working Group will focusing on developing methods guidance for qualitative evidence synthesis. Members of the group include: Coordinator: Dr Ruth Garside, University of Exeter, UK Dr Noreen Orr, […]

Exploring green/blue space and time using geonarratives

Blog by Sarah Bell A growing evidence base highlights ‘green’ and ‘blue’ spaces, such as parks, gardens, woodlands, beaches and rivers, as examples of ‘therapeutic landscapes’ incorporated into people’s lives to promote and maintain a sense of wellbeing. However, being ‘too busy’ and unable to find time is one of the most frequently cited reasons for not visiting […]

Social prescribing review: nature based interventions for mild to moderate depression

Researchers from ECEHH and the wider Universities of Exeter and Plymouth are undertaking a review of evidence of the most effective approaches to social prescribing, focusing on nature based interventions for mild to moderate depression. Social prescribing is a means of enabling primary care services to refer patients with social, emotional or practical needs to […]

ECEHH review featured on

A team from ECEHH and the wider University of Exeter Medical School have published a Cochrane review of the health benefits of conservation and environmental enhancement activities. The review was the basis for the work reported last year. What is Cochrane? Cochrane is an independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers and people interested in […]

Review and Supplementary material: Participation in environmental enhancement and conservation activities for health and well-being in adults

The ECEHH Cochrane review of the health benefits of conservation and environmental enhancement activities has now been published and can be read for free on the Cochrane library. The review was the basis for the work reported last year. You can access PowerPoint slides containing supplementary material to Husk K, Lovell R, Cooper C, Stahl-Timmins […]

Beyond Greenspace – Understanding Society Podcast

The folks at Understanding Society have produced a podcast where we discuss the Beyond Greenspace project and related work, especially as it relates to our work on the British Household Panel Survey and Understanding Society – kudos due to Mat White and Ian Alcock for leading on these aspects of the research. You can listen […]

Using systematic review to characterise the links between biodiversity, health and wellbeing.

Picture © Karen Matthews In a recent paper in the Lancet, Chalmers et al. argued that investment in additional research should always be preceded by systematic assessment of existing evidence. The reason for this is to reduce waste through duplication but also to enhance the likelihood of identifying the most effective research techniques. Ever at the […]

How do we conceptualise people’s exposures to natural environments?

Some of the team have just returned from this year’s excellent International Medical Geography Symposium , and it was a good opportunity to think about this project’s geographical approach to estimating people’s ‘exposure’ to natural environments. In trying to figure out relationships between natural environments and health and wellbeing,we’re taking a pretty typical epidemiological approach […]

Natural environments and health and wellbeing: what kind of evidence do we need?

I just spent a fascinating couple of days in Cambridge at the ISBNPA satellite meeting More than the sum of the parts? Integration of individual and environmental approaches to changing population-level physical activity behaviour. It was a good opportunity to think about the kinds of evidence we need to be generating in order to inform […]

Is formalised project planning and management useful in social science research?

After going on a project management course, we thought it would be interesting to try out a formal project planning process for this project. Which isn’t to say we don’t usually have some sort of plan, but they tend to be reasonably ad-hoc, developed by the team based on the project proposal, and very fluid […]