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.

Attention Restoration Theory: A systematic review

This study is assessing the evidence that exists for the attention restoration values of exposure to natural environments and images.

Clean Water and Sanitation, Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities and Communities

BlueHealth

The BlueHealth project brings together a multi-disciplinary consortium to investigate how aquatic environments affect the health of Europe’s population.

Gender Equality, Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities and Communities

AcTS – Active Travel Study

This project pools five qualitative datasets that have explored experiences of ‘travel’ across the UK

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.

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.

No Poverty, Responsible Consumption and Production

CFaH Community Food Production and Health

The project aims to establish a research programme to carry out high quality evaluations of community-based food production initiatives in LMICs

Assessing exposure to antibiotic resistance

Identifying environmental reservoirs of novel antibiotic resistant genes This project is seeking to reveal how humans are exposed to environmental reservoirs of antibiotic resistant organisms. Previous work by Dr William…

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

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.

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, 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

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