The European Centre for Environment & Human Health

We are a world leading, transdisciplinary research and education Centre informing the future health of the planet and people. We conduct world-class research, investigating the complex interdependencies between environment and human health, influencing decision makers at local, national and international scales.

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Our Research Activities

Blue Environments & Health

The opportunities that oceans, rivers and other water based environments present to human health and wellbeing are now increasingly understood and valued globally thanks to the work of teams at ECEHH. This research is having a meaningful impact on policy makers and communities locally, nationally and internationally .

Climate Change

For more than ten years, our teams have been leading the way in interdisciplinary research to better understand and tackle environment and climate change. We are at the forefront of responding to these issues, working in partnership with governments, business, and communities.

Antimicrobial Resistance & Microbiology

The World Health Organisation cites antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as one of the most significant risks facing the world. Our research focuses on the evolution of resistance in complex microbial communities found in human, animal and environmental microbiomes.

Nature, Biodiversity and Health

There is a growing volume of scientific evidence showing that ‘greenspace’ is an important resource for our health and wellbeing. This evidence is essential to ensure the nuances of these interconnections are well understood and to ensure policies are balanced to protect and improve public health and wellbeing as well as our precious natural environments.

Communities and Social Inequalities

As an interdisciplinary research centre, we are focused on addressing health and social inequalities through numerous local and global projects. Among our areas of focus are: digital inclusion; healthy homes; workplace equality; food security and its influence on nutrition and health; social prescribing and climate adaptation.

Food Systems & Planetary Health

Currently, most food systems are neither ecologically sustainable, nor do they provide adequate healthy human nutrition. Research at the ECEHH aims to help transform local and global food systems towards being sustainable within planetary, ecosystem, boundaries, resilient to climate change and being able to equitably deliver improved human nutrition.

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University of Exeter contributes to ‘invisible disabilities’ parliamentary report

Members of the University of Exeter’s Inclusivity Project have contributed to a parliamentary briefing that highlights the challenges faced by people with invisible disabilities in education and work. Dr Daniel…

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New research quantifies the ‘wow’ factor of sunrise and sunset for the first time

A new study has identified the impact that fleeting natural events, such as sunrises and sunsets, can have on people, and sought to quantify their effects for the first time.…

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ECEHH researcher selected for 2023 Foundation Future Leaders programme

After a competitive selection process, Dr Harriet Hunt has been selected as one of 34 early- to mid-career professionals as the 2023 Foundation Future Leaders. The Foundation Future Leaders programme…

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