We are proud that our pioneering work is having a meaningful impact on the health and wellbeing of people and environments across the world. We collaborate with communities, businesses, policy makers, NGOs and a wide range of other groups locally, nationally and internationally to understand issues and influence positive change.

Our engagements have led to collaboration and policy impacts with influential organisations such as The World Health Organisation, The United Nations, DEFRA and the Chief Medical Officer for England. At a local level our teams work with a large network of community groups, SMEs and local authorities and decision makers, ensuring our research addresses inequalities, and maximises future opportunities for the health and well-being of people and the planet.

Nature, Biodiversity & Health

Influencing local, national and international decision makers


Enhancing strategies and practice across Europe

We have worked with the World Health Organisation to change how planners across Europe value biodiversity and combine environmental and public health policies.


Working with government to set health and nature initiatives

The Centre is working with departments such as Public Health England, Defra and Natural England to develop the evidence base for green investments that also impact health.


Recognising the benefits of urban green space in local policy

Our research is leading to the preservation and sustainable management of public green spaces, and informing practice in care homes across the South West of the UK.

Food Systems & Planetary Health

Sharing best practice and evidence to improve local nutrition and livelihoods


Working with communities and the Third Sector

ECEHH researchers working with Civil Society for engaged research As a part of our work in Small Island Developing States, we have developed a strong partnership with Fiji-based FRIEND (the…


ECEHH researchers providing tools for international organisations

As part of the Community Food and Health (CFaH) Project, we developed a methodological framework and tools for evaluating the impact of community food production initiatives and have shared these…


Helping communities to respond to food system shocks

The ICoFaN Project was launched in January 2020, aiming to co-create and evaluate community and household level interventions aimed at improving local food production and nutrition in Small Island Developing…

Oceans and Human Health


Bluespace as a public health resource

Until the 2010s, most research devoted to how nature could benefit public health and well-being treated natural landscapes as homogeneous. The European Centre for Environment and Human Health pioneered research…


Oceans and human health

Research at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health has focused on the inextricably interconnected and complex relationship between oceans and humans from its very beginnings. The centre’s research…


Building capacity for marine planning and health globally

The GCRF Blue Communities Project was an interdisciplinary research program focusing on working with coastal communities in 4 case study sites located in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves/Marine Protected Areas in Southeast…

Climate Change

Uncovering the risks of climate change to health to inform decision making


Informing Climate Change Adaptation in Cities and Regions

Understanding the impact of climate change on health and other sectors is important so that local authorities and governments can be ready to face the challenges. Translating understanding into action…


Climate Change Mitigation and Public Health

Our work in the European Centre on carbon mitigation has contributed significantly to both innovation and policy. Our work with Sagetech in assessing the market potential for their anaesthetic gas…


Climate Change and Environmental Pathogens

In the BlueAdapt project, ECEHH staff are investigating the impact of climate change on environmental pathogens. This project is one of six Horizon Europe projects aiming to deliver evidence to…

Antimicrobial Resistance & Microbiology

Influencing international, national and local understanding and action


Impact on UK government and industry strategy, policy and practice

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is predicted to be the leading cause of death globally by 2050, with a predicted cumulative cost of $100 trillion. The University of Exeter’s pioneering research has…


Impact on EU policy on AMR

The Exeter team has worked with the European Environment Agency (EEA) and European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) to inform policy and regulation on AMR and the environment. The team’s…


Contributions to global AMR policy via the United Nations

Professor William Gaze  is either the sole adviser, or one of a handful of advisers globally, on AMR to UNEP, WHO and FAO. He is now a member of the…

Communities & Social Inequalities

Building evidence for better health, housing and inclusion


Making Sense of Internal Environments for Health

In the UK, there are persistent and overlapping inequalities in health, housing and digital inclusion. The Smartline Project has revealed valuable insights into the role that digital technologies could play…


Breakthrough Understanding in Inclusivity

Why does Inclusion matter? We are facing an ageing population, with more people off work due to ill health. Alongside this, there is a persistent disability employment gap and ever…


Working with Businesses

Supporting Cornish SMEs Since 2016, the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH) – which is part of the University of Exeter in Cornwall – has supported more than…