The European Centre for Environment & Human Health

We conduct world-class research into the complex links between the environment and human health. Part of the University of Exeter Medical School and supported by funding from the European Union, we’re analysing the benefits and risks the environment poses to health, and ensuring our findings have relevance to local communities, policy makers and to UK businesses.

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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.

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University of Exeter’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health updates Bonn dialogue

The impact of natural environments on human health has been brought to international attention once again thanks to work conducted by the European Centre for Environment and Human Health. Dr…

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New video explains how GW4 is tackling the global threat of antimicrobial resistance using ‘One Health’ approach

The GW4 Alliance’s response to the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – one of the greatest emerging threats to human health – is showcased in a new video.

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European Centre for Environment and Human Health academics on list of top researchers

Twenty-two University of Exeter academics have been named on an annual list of highly cited researchers. Up from 17 last year, the Exeter researchers (including six with dual affiliations) on Clarivate’s Highly Cited Researchers List come…

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