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 group 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 and informing local, national and international decision makers


Influencing international policy on the natural environment and health

Until recently, recognition of the value of the natural environment as a health asset was lacking in health and environmental policy. Interdisciplinary research at Exeter’s European Centre for Environment and…


National policy influence: DEFRA, Public Health England and Natural England

How natural environments can promote health As core members of the UK Centre of the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence, the European Centre for Environment and Human Health team have pioneered…


Influencing local policy and practice for green space and health

ECEHH research directly led to the creation of a commercial tool, Greenkeeper, to evaluate the multiple economic values of urban green infrastructure. Prior to our longitudinal studies, there was no…

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…

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…