Archived research projects

Completed studies

The importance of water for restorativeness ratings of natural and built scenes

Although theorists have suggested that aquatic environments or “blue space” might have particular restorative potential, to date there is little systematic empirical research on this issue. Indeed the presence of water has, unintentionally, been a confounding factor in research comparing people’s reactions to built and natural environments. Whereas aquatic features (rivers, lakes, coasts) are frequently…

The Inhabitat Project

Using collaborative science to explore linkages between environmental condition and human health and wellbeing Inhabitat is an innovative, interactive research project designed to explore relationships between natural environmental condition and aspects of human health and wellbeing. The environments in which we live are thought to be important determinants of our health. Evidence suggests that people…

The PHI-GREEN Project: Healthy Communities Truro

In this project we will be investigating the impacts of neighbourhood greenspaces on community health and wellbeing. A key element of this first phase of the project is to develop relevant methodologies and to understand how to combine information from an interdisciplinary, mixed method study to produce valuable, policy relevant research findings. Neighbourhood natural spaces have the…

Unravelling the causes of low birth weight

In this project we will be investigating whether a range of circulating factors within pregnant women have a causative role in influencing the birth weight of their babies. Both low and high birth weights are key risk factors for disease and death rates of infants soon after they are born. Lower birth weight in the…

Visualising the complex fate of pharmaceuticals

By visualising the complex processes and systems through which pharmaceuticals enter the environment, this project is aiming to enable key stakeholders to consider the transport and ultimate fate of pharmaceuticals in a holistic manner.

Web-based horizon scanning: concepts and practice

This review has found that structured processes of Web-based horizon scanning, underpinned by strong technical understanding and principles of good practice, can add significant value to an organisation’s decision making process. This project has its basis in a symposium held at the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in March 2010, where groups undertaking horizon…