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.

Clean Water and Sanitation, Life Below Water, Life on Land

The value of a healthy marine environment

This PhD project aims to investigate the risks and benefits of participating in marine recreation, and understand how the perceptions and values of the public influence their decisions to participate. The study is being conducted by Andrea Harvey who is primarily based at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

Climate Action, Sustainable Cities and Communities

Climate change adaptation

The Centre is considering the health impacts of climate change in BASE, a major European Commission FP7 funded project on climate change adaptation.

Health and Wellbeing, Quality Education, Sustainable Cities and Communities

Healthy Green Schools

Taking a participatory approach, this PhD project is examining whether, why and how schools are acting to be sustainable, ‘green’ schools, with a particular focus on the environmental and health co-benefits of green and health policies and actions.

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Life on Land

Valuing ecosystem services

This PhD study aims to build on the National Ecosystem Assessment approach to ecosystem services by applying its methods within a smaller defined geographical scale.

Life on Land, No Poverty, Reduced Inequalities

A systematic review of older people’s sensory engagement with nature

Working with the Sensory Trust, this systematic review has synthesised the qualitative research evidence about how older people describe their sensory engagement with the natural world.

Clean Water and Sanitation, Climate Action, Life Below Water

Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe

Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe (SOPHIE) is a pan-European initiative to coordinate research into the complex links between the marine environment and human health and wellbeing.

Life on Land, Quality Education

Connecting children and nature with Narrative Journey

The aim of this PhD research is to develop and test 'Narrative Journey' as a tool that can increase children’s physical, social and altruistic activities.

Life on Land, Reduced Inequalities

Defra Fellowship: Natural Environments and Human Health

This Defra Research Fellowship will improve understanding of how different environments can impact health and how this can be considered in decision making.

Clean Water and Sanitation, Health and Wellbeing, Responsible Consumption and Production

Environmental risk assessment of antimicrobial resistance

This Industrial Innovation Fellowship aims to design and validate a new method to quantify the environmental risk posed by antibiotics and antimicrobials

Bacteria and viral resistance

This project is investigating whether sex in bacteria can help them get ahead in their arms race with viruses. Just as humans, bacteria suffer from attack of deadly viruses. Parasitic…

Life on Land, Partnerships for the Goals

Landscapes of the life course initiative

This project brings together the University of Exeter, the Eden Project and Artist James Eddy to understand how people experience different environments over their lives.

Life on Land, Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities and Communities

The Marine Environment and Human Well-being

The PhD examines the importance and value of coasts for human well-being

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