Archived research projects

Completed studies

Prevalence of eczema and food allergy is associated with latitude in Australia

Following detailed examination of data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, this research has found a link between latitude and the prevalence of food allergy and eczema. Recent reports from both Australia and the US suggest that vitamin D might play a role in the recent rise in allergic disease, in particular food allergy.…

Seeing is Believing

This project is investigating the effect of presentation format in understanding information on the impacts of climate change. It will trial graphical display techniques as a novel way of conveying the health impacts of climate change, within the context of a rigorous research design.

Telling a (good?) counterstory of ageing

Natural bodybuilding meets the narrative of decline In Western society, the narrative of decline dominates the aging process. We know very little about the complexities of how people resist this narrative. The purpose of this study is to understand how a group of mature natural bodybuilders resisted the narrative of decline. In-depth life story interviews…

The beach as a setting for families’ health promotion

This multi-method project involving in-depth interviews with 15 families with children aged 8-11 years living in Cornwall and Devon is exploring the following issues: how families spend their time at the beach children and parents perceptions of the risks and benefits of visiting the beach children and parents' perceptions of the barriers and enablers to…

The Blue Gym for kids

Working with two Cornish enterprises, this ESF funded PhD investigated the relationship between the natural environment and children’s health and wellbeing.

The Healthy Workplace Project

Working closely with PenCLAHRC the ‘Healthy Workplace’ research aims to develop an NHS workplace health and wellbeing intervention and pilot its feasibility and acceptability. The project will specifically consider the potential of local natural and/or outdoor environments in a workplace intervention and will incorporate: A systematic review looking at the effectiveness of health service interventions which…

The impact of excess choice on deferment of decisions to volunteer

Excess choice has previously been shown to have detrimental effects on decisions about consumer products. As the number of options increases, people are more likely to put off making an active choice (i.e., defer) and show less satisfaction with any purchase actually made. We extend this line of enquiry to choosing a charitable organisation to…