Interdisciplinary research

As part of the University of Exeter Medical School’s research programme, the Centre is exploring a range of environment and human health issues. Our academics incorporate qualitative and quantitative research methods in a truly interdisciplinary fashion; connecting science, the arts and the humanities to improve understanding of the health risks and opportunities presented by the environment.

Climate Action, Partnerships for the Goals

MEDMI – Connecting health and environment data

The Medical & Environmental Data Mash-up Infrastructure project is aiming to connect diverse databases to improve our understanding of the links between climate, environment, and human health.

Climate Action, Health and Wellbeing, Life on Land

Nature and Health Evidence Briefings

This project is producing a series of briefing notes for Natural England to summarise the most compelling evidence linking natural environments with health.

Health and Wellbeing, Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities and Communities

Sensing Nature: The role of natural environments within the emotional geographies of visual impairment

The project is exploring how people with varying forms and severities of sight impairment experience diverse types of nature

Clean Water and Sanitation, Industry, Life on Land

Do antibiotics in the environment lead to resistance in situ?

This 4-year PhD project is aiming to provide robust evidence for a causative relationship between environmental antibiotic concentrations selecting for resistance in situ.

Climate Action, Industry, Sustainable Cities and Communities

Indoor environments and respiratory health

This 3 year PhD project will investigate how indoor environments can impact on the respiratory illnesses chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma.

Climate Action, Partnerships for the Goals, Sustainable Cities and Communities

Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health

The Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health is dedicated to researching innovative approaches to create and sustain cultures that enable health and well-being across the life course

Life on Land, Quality Education

Impacts of school gardening – a systematic review

This systematic review will assess the existing evidence relating to the health and wellbeing impacts of gardening and growing plants at school. It will use a systematic approach to identify, appraise and synthesise relevant research evidence.

Clean Water and Sanitation, Health and Wellbeing

Antimicrobial resistance in complex microbial communities

This 4-year PhD project will develop and validate approaches to investigate the selective potential of environmentally relevant concentrations of antibiotics in complex microbial communities.

Health and Wellbeing, Innovation and Infrastructure, Reduced Inequalities

Virtual bluespaces for psychological wellbeing

Developing Virtual Reality (VR) nature environments, specifically aquatic settings such as beaches and coasts (collectively termed “bluespaces”), and testing their ability to improve psychological wellbeing.

Health and Wellbeing, Life Below Water

Assessing bacterial pathogens in the coastal zone

This ERDF-funded PhD project aims to investigate human exposure to, and infection by, antibiotic resistant pathogenic bacteria in natural aquatic environments. The first stage will involve a systematic review and meta-analysis of the evidence on the risk of acquiring infections from the recreational use of natural waters.

Health and Wellbeing, Reduced Inequalities

Monitoring the symptoms of Ménière’s Disease

In this business-research collaboration, the project team have developed a mobile app to investigate factors that influence the severity of the symptoms of Ménière’s Disease.

Health and Wellbeing, Life on Land

Antibiotic resistance in farm animals

This project is investigating the conditions under which antibiotic resistance genes are advantageous to bacteria, with a focus on farm animals.

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