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, Housing, Health 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.

News and Events

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New innovative tool will help local communities adapt to climate change

An innovative tool that gives individuals and teams the best available evidence in making decisions and identifying actions required to adapt to a changing climate launches today. As the world…

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Evidence and investment are needed to ensure green social prescribing supports health and aids nature recovery

A new editorial in the British Medical Journal is calling for more evidence and investment to ensure green social prescribing supports health and aids nature recovery. The piece was authored…

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Cornwall awarded nearly £5m to tackle health inequalities in local communities

Nearly £5m has been awarded to form a research collaboration that will help improve people’s health and wellbeing in Cornwall. The University of Exeter is one of a number of…