In the current era of great social and economic upheaval and unprecedented global environmental change, understanding the links between the environment and health and wellbeing has never been more important.
On the one hand, our actions are severely damaging ecosystems and potentially impairing human wellbeing through climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. Whilst on the other, society is beginning to appreciate the beneficial effects of the natural environment on health; providing opportunities to tackle major worldwide problems ranging from poor mental health to obesity.
We are aiming to improve our understanding of these contradictory developments by bringing together scientists, businesses and communities, and involving policy makers at local, national and international levels in our research.
The focus of our activities hopes to fulfil six core aims:
- Further expand upon our role as an internationally and locally relevant research and training Centre;
- Continue to be recognised as a hub of expertise and knowledge in the field of environment and human health;
- Conduct world class interdisciplinary research across a number of disciplines and form diverse collaborations;
- Build global partnerships with key stakeholders and complementary research groups to expand the body of knowledge and evidence in this burgeoning field;
- Influence the funding agenda to support research into these complex, cross-disciplinary threats and opportunities;
- Effectively communicate our findings to policy makers, businesses and third sector organisations to promote policy action relating to environment and health issues.