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 and social housing; workplace equality; food security and its influence on nutrition and health; social prescribing, biodiversity and health as well as climate adaptation.

Our teams focus on public engagement as a core activity through all stages of the research process, ensuring that right from the early inception of ideas, individuals, communities, businesses, NGOs, public sector organisations and a wide range of related groups are involved in the development of the scope and aims of research.

The following research activities represent a snapshot of our work in this area.

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Peninsula Forum for Environment and Human Health 2022: Harnessing the power of community engagement in research

This year’s Peninsula Forum put a spotlight on the power of community engagement when used as part of world class research

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Smartline

Smartline is a multi-partner research project looking at how technology can be used to help us live healthier and happier lives.

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The Inclusivity Project

An innovation project aiming to increase diversity, wellbeing and prosperity within small, Cornish businesses.

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Public Engagement

We've established the Health and Environment Public Engagement public user group to engage with the Centre's work, helping to steer and review research.

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Peninsula Forum - a successful event celebrating a decade of community solutions to benefit nature and heath

As the European Centre for Environment and Human Health celebrates its 10th anniversary, the second in our series of Peninsula Forum events showcased the work of academics and collaborating partners.

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Nature on Prescription Handbook

This handbook is the culmination of detailed evidence gathering through evidence review, interviews and workshops with people and organisations involved in providing green social prescribing.

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Research partnership brings multiple benefits

Working with two community interest companies, this research partnership is providing a powerful way to examine how natural environments can affect children’s health and wellbeing.

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Caribbean foodscapes

Understanding how historical data of Caribbean foodscapes can inform policy and improve nutrition and health. This project focused on the historical and epidemiological transitions in urban Caribbean foodscapes and aims to understanding the past to enhance future healthy eating practices.

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Transforming a run-down waterside park led to higher wellbeing in Plymouth community

Transforming a run-down waterside park in Plymouth into a high-quality open air theatre and play area has led to higher wellbeing and life satisfaction among residents and visitors, new research shows.

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WHO Collaborating Centre on Natural Environments and Health

The Centre is a designated World Health Organization Collaborating Centre, helping to support the WHO's global health work.

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Community food and health

Establishing a research programme to evaluate community food production initiatives.

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Views of Cornish young people influence G7 leaders

Young people from Cornwall have formed part of an official youth engagement group for The G7 and Masters Graduate from the European Centre for Environment and Human, Emily Stevenson, was invited to support them in sharing their views with world leaders.

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Collaboration is key to research impact

In this video Professor Emma Bland describes why collaboration with local stakeholders is vital in supporting the work of ECEHH.

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A story of success and collaboration highlighted by the European Commission

The Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe project SOPHIE has been chosen and highlighted by the European Commission as one of it’s Success Stories, outlining the legacy the team have created since 2017.

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How food system and human health are integrally linked

Dr.Emily Haynes explains in this film why 'Think Global Act Local' matters with an example from Fijian colleagues.

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Defra report features Centre research on 'blue health'

A joint study with Plymouth Marine Laboratory suggests spending time in coastal environments can benefit health.

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Examining links between health and housing

This research-business partnership is working with Cornish companies Coastline Housing and Carnego Systems to use cutting edge technology to understand how resident behaviour can affect indoor air quality in our homes.

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Working with communities is vital to food security

In this clip, Professor Connie Guell describe the importance of public engagement to The European Centre for Environment and Human Health.

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Researchers discuss eHealth at House of Lords

The Centre’s specialists in eHealth and eWellbeing presented to the House of Lords last week, at the Rural Health Network’s 2016 conference.

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£4 million for health and housing project

Smartline has been awarded £4 million to continue its research combining technology, health and housing.

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Discussing the success of the collaboration between the Smartline Project and Coastline Housing

Smartline brings together an interdisciplinary team of epidemiologists, economists, geographers, mathematicians, data scientists, and sociologists. The research fits into themes linked to understanding technology readiness, healthy homes and the potential for business innovation to improve health and wellbeing.

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What is Smartline

An animated whiteboard illustrating the importance of the 300 Coastline Housing residents and how they support The Smartline project