Tag Archives: Nature

Are some natural environments more psychologically beneficial than others? New findings.

A new paper published by Mat White and colleagues in the journal Environment and Behavior has found that some protected and designated environments are associated with greater restoration and connectedness to nature than their equivalent non-designated environments. The authors analysed a sample of Natural England’s Monitor of Engagement with the Natural environment dataset and found […]

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 changes in the green and blue spaces we are exposed to effect long-term wellbeing and mental health. The collaboration is led by Dr Sarah Rodgers, Associate Professor at Swansea University Medical […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

How could feeling connected to nature make us happy?

Blog by Anne Cleary, Griffith University People are starting to get excited about nature connection, and potentially with good reason. In its broadest sense, nature connection describes the mix of feelings, beliefs and behaviours that we have towards nature. Research suggests that high levels of nature connection are likely to play an important role in […]