Category Publications

Health benefits of outdoor blue spaces

Mat White and colleagues working on the BlueHealth study have found positive associations between expsure to outdoor blue spaces and mental health and physical activity outcomes. Whilst the evidence base for the benefits of natural environments is relatively well established, less is known about the specific benefits of blue spaces. Blue spaces are ‘outdoor environments – […]

Foresight Future of the Sea report on health and wellbeing of coastal communities

ECEHH has has published a new review focusing on the health and wellbeing of coastal communties for the UK Government’s Foresight programme. Foresight projects produce evidence for policy-makers to help them make policies that are more resilient to the future. ECEHH’s report contributes to the Foresight ‘Future of the Seas’ programme. The Future of the […]

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 […]

WHO release action brief on urban green space

The WHO Regional Office for Europe has released today a brief for action on urban green spaces. Ben and our green space colleague Anne Cleary worked with WHO on developing this brief. The brief was launched at the European Conference on Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change in Bonn (Becca is leading a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Culture matters: using a cultural contexts of health approach to enhance policy-making. New World Health Organisation report.

Becca and Professor Michael Depledge have co-authored a new report with WHO Europe on the importance of culture to health and wellbeing policy making. The report is part of a wider programme of work on the Cultural Contexts of Health at the WHO. The policy focused briefing was developed in response to increasing awareness among […]