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

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.

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.

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 .

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.

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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Childhood poverty impacts wellbeing in middle-age, study shows

Experiencing poverty in childhood has a particular impact on wellbeing in adulthood around middle-age, according to new research. A new study conducted by the Smartline Project at the European Centre…

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Prestigious European research grant set to fund project on disability-inclusive climate adaptation

A new project focused on disability-inclusive climate adaptation is set to be launched following successful applications to a prestigious annual European funding programme. The University of Exeter will receive a…

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Exeter awarded £14 million for antimicrobial resistance research to fight “next global pandemic”

The University of Exeter’s ECEHH and collaborators have recently been awarded £14 million for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) research – widely acknowledged as the “next global pandemic” AMR occurs when bacteria,…

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