Category Project progress

Take part in our social media survey

Should information from your social media channels be used to produce better and more timely health advice? The University of Exeter has teamed up with Asthma UK, The Met Office and Public Health England to understand whether the kind of information you share on social media might be used to help improve health care, particularly […]

New job: 4 year Research Fellow in Evidence Synthesis on interconnections between health and marine conservation in SE Asia

An opportunity to work on the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) funded ‘Blue Communities‘ project has been advertised. This post is for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Evidence Synthesis who will support systematic reviews and syntheses of the evidence on the interconnections between human health and marine management/conservation in SE Asia. Full details of the […]

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 […]

Do we know enough about how to deliver social prescribing? BMJ opinion blog

Kerryn Husk, previously of ECEHH and now at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry PenCLAHRC, has written a blog about our Social Prescribing review for the British Medical Journal (BMJ). In the blog Kerryn argues that despite the increasing interest in the use of Social Prescribing (also known as community referral) “the evidence […]

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 […]

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 […]