I am a social and environmental psychologist with an interest in: a) Natural (especially coastal) environments, human health and well-being; b) Decision making and subjective well-being; and c) Risk perception and communication. Since 2011 I have co-ordinated the UK’s ‘Blue Gym’ project exploring the potential health and well-being benefits of aquatic environments. Since Jan 2016 I have been Work Package 2 Lead (‘Pan-European Evidence’, €974,000) on the €6 million Horizons 2020 funded Project ‘BlueHealth’, investigating similar issues across Europe.
I have 80+ publications including articles in: Three of the top ten Psychology (Multidisciplinary) journals: Perspectives in Psychological Science; American Psychologist; and Psychological Science; as well as key journals in Environmental Sciences e.g. Global Environmental Change, Environment International, Environmental Science & Technology, and Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part B. Our NSF award winning graphic on pharmaceutical pollution was published in Science, and my work on green space has been the focus of a Research Highlight (2014) and Outlook Article (2016) in the journal Nature.
I have been Co-I on grants totalling over £22 million from funding bodies such as DEFRA, ESRC, EU Horizons2020, GCRF, NERC and NIHR. Of this £1.2 million was as PI or Work Package lead.
I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and teach a module on ‘Nature, Health & Wellbeing’ on the MSc in Environment and Human Health. I have also taught courses on Choice & Decision Making, Behaviour Change, Persuasion, Positive Psychology, and Human Factors. I have 4 current PhD students and 7 completions.
I am on the scientific advisory committee for Public Health England’s ‘Healthy People, Healthy Places’ and Natural England’s ‘Outdoors for All’ programmes and was Secretary for the Society for Risk Analysis – Europe (2011-2016).
My work has received extensive media coverage including 5 stories on the BBC’s homepage. Our EST article was ranked 7th by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in terms of global coverage across all scientific disciplines in 2014. I have presented my findings in the House of Commons, the House of Lords and to DEFRA, Public Health England and the European Marine Board. My work had a direct impact on the EU’s Rome Declaration (Oct 2014) concerning coastal and marine environments.