Tag Archives: Greenspace

New 3.5 year nature based solutions research post at ECEHH

We are recruiting for a 3.5 year full time post-doctoral researcher to work with Ben, Ruth, Tim, Conny and Becca at ECEHH on two H2020 funded green infrastructure and nature based solutions projects! This post will involve a variety of tasks including evidence mapping and synthesis, scoping and assessment of quantitative secondary data availability, application […]

Blog on the Green-Blue Spaces Study for the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Our colleague Dr Amy Mizen, based at Swansea University Medical School, has written a blog for the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales describing the NIHR funded Green-Blue Spaces Study. The team have also produced a short video on the outcomes of the first stakeholder workshop. The Future Generations Commissioner for Wales is responsible for delivering […]

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 […]

Dorset Green Health

Mapping Access to Greenspace in Dorset for Health & Wellbeing The first six months of the collaborative project between ECEHH at the University of Exeter Medical School and Public Health Dorset has resulted in an improved understanding of access to greenspaces across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. You can read about what we did and produced […]

Planetary Health at the Commons Environmental Audit Committee

Director of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, Prof Lora Fleming, gave evidence this week on the subject of Planetary Health at the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee. With Prof Howie Frumkin and Prof Sir Andy Haines also on the panel giving evidence, a wide range of topics on the interconnections between […]

Health and the natural environment: A review of evidence, policy, practice and opportunities for the future for Defra

The final report and research briefing for Becca’s fellowship with Defra have been published. An associated evidence statement was published earlier. The study focused on the interconnections between the natural environment and health, and the ways in which these are, or could be harnessed in policy and practice. The majority of the work was undertaken […]

New PhD: greenspace and child health

Ben has a new PhD opportunity to be based here at ECEHH in Truro. Using birth cohorts to understand the impact of urban green space on child health and wellbeing This interdisciplinary project will investigate the impact of the environments in which children grow up on their health and wellbeing. It will use systematic review, […]

Who isn’t visiting natural environments and why?

Encouraging people to go out into natural environments is fast becoming a key facet of public health promotion. To devise effective strategies to meet this aim we need to know who is not visiting natural environments and why that might be. New research from ECEHH using Natural England’s MENE dataset has explored these questions. The […]

Dog owners in greener areas more likley to report meeting physical activity guidelines than non-dog owners

Syntheses of previous research have failed to identify a clear relationship between the presence and availability of neighbourhood greenspace and rates of physical activity. Some studies show a positive relationship, others find no or even negative relationships. Mat White and colleagues at ECEHH have published research using Natural England’s Monitor of Engagement with the Natural […]

Funding awarded for an economic value of urban greenspace toolkit

We are very excited to announce that we have been successfull in securing funding from Innovate UK for a £1.2 million urban greenspace valuation toolkit project! We are working with Vivid Economics (an economics consultancy) and Barton Willmore (a design and planning consultancy). The online toolkit will help empower cities and developers to accurately assess […]