Category Project progress

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 […]

Biodiversity, health and wellbeing in Cornwall’s Public Open Space

Since 2015, we have been working with colleagues at Cornwall Council on a project Biodiversity, Health and Wellbeing in Cornwall’s Public Open Space, instigated by the Council’s ecology and public open spaces teams. The idea behind this work has been to use our research on these topics to help inform how Cornwall’s public open spaces […]

Different types of exposure to natural environments are associated with different aspects of wellbeing

Ben, Mat and colleagues have published a new analysis of Natural England’s Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment survey data in the journal Health & Place. The study examined whether different types of exposure to natural environments are associated with different aspects of wellbeing. White, M. P., Pahl, S., Wheeler, B. W., Depledge, M. […]

Job opportunity – Social sensing data to assess health and wellbeing impacts of pollen and air pollution

We are working with Dr Hywel Williams on an ESRC funded New and Emerging Forms of Data Policy Demonstrator Projects focusing on the use of social sensing data to understand the health and wellbeing impacts from pollen and air pollution. Hywel is searching for a Post-doc with a PhD in computer science or a related […]

Defra Evidence Statement on the links between natural environments and human health

Working with Dr Simon Maxwell of the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs‘s Environment Analysis Unit, we have co-authored a comprehensive Evidence Statement on the links between natural environments and human health. The aim of the evidence statement is to inform Defra’s policies and service delivery. You can download a copy of the full […]

‘What Works’ in nature based health interventions

In March we published a review of the linkages between natural environments and health outcomes with Defra. You can download a copy of the full Evidence Statement on the links between natural environments and human health or a set of summary slides. We found that we now have a relatively robust body of evidence which […]

Sensing Nature: exploring visual impairment in the natural environment

In November 2016, ECEHH Researcher, Dr Sarah Bell, started a new two-year ESRC-funded project exploring the diverse sensory and emotional experiences people have in nature, focusing on individuals living with visual impairment. Approximately 285 million people are thought to live with sight loss and blindness across the world – a number that is increasing as […]