Interdisciplinary research

The Centre's 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.

Community and Social Inequalities

Evaluating Coastal Rural Communities Active and Sustainable Travel: COAST

Promoting sustainable active travel can be more challenging in rural areas. For people living in rural settings such as villages and small towns, getting around using active transport such as…

Food Systems and Planetary Health

Global Community Food for Human Nutrition and Planetary Health in Small Islands (Global CFaH)

Global CFaH aims to understand the potential for improving household diet, nutrition, and food security, and reducing the burden of nutrition related diseases by promoting increased community-based food production based on agroecological principles, in small island countries.

Community and Social Inequalities

SenseWell: Using Sensors to Support Independent Living

A feasibility study investigating whether sensors in homes can help to identify health risks and changing conditions, to support independent living at home.​​ Can sensors identify changing health conditions?​ Should sensors be…

Blue Environments and Health

Oceans and Human Health: Opportunities and Impacts, Second Edition

Oceans and Human Health: Opportunities and Impacts, Second Edition explores the inextricably interconnected and complex relationship between oceans and humans. Through the lens of the expanding oceans and human health…

Community and Social Inequalities

Sensing Climate

2023-2028 The climate crisis is affecting everyday life. It’s asking many of us – human and otherwise – to cope in the face of more frequent heat waves, droughts, floods…

Nature, Biodiversity and Health

Building individual and community resilience through nature based therapies (RESONATE)

The European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH), together with colleagues from the Behavioural Sciences Research Group, will lead a work package for a new €7m research project on…

Community and Social Inequalities

Evaluating the social value of sensor systems in social housing

Context: The indoor environment is one of the main pathways through which housing impacts on health and wellbeing, especially among underserved and vulnerable groups. Addressing indoor environment risks, such as…

Nature, Biodiversity and Health

GroundsWell: transforming our cities from the ground up

(2021 – 2026) The GroundsWell project explores inequalities in how people access and use natural spaces in urban areas. There is clear evidence showing that access and proximity to urban…

Nature, Biodiversity and Health

RENEW : exploring how individuals relate to and experience nature and biodiversity and how this may change with biodiversity renewal

RENEW is a five-year partnership programme (2022 – 2027), led by the University of Exeter and the National Trust and funded by NERC, to develop solutions to one of the…

Antimicrobial Resistance and Microbiology, Blue Environments and Health, Climate Change

BlueAdapt- a Horizon Europe project to study how Climate Change impacts on Coastal Pathogens to affect Human Health

OCTOBER 2022-2026 The impact of climate change on health risks due to pathogens in the environment, specifically in our coastal waters is being investigated by this £8.7 million Horizon Europe…


Perception of health risks relating to 5G and other wireless tech

2022- 2027 Novel applications of wireless communications technology continue to see extremely rapid growth, ranging from mobile phones and virtual reality to industry automation and the Internet of Things. In…

Nature, Biodiversity and Health

Evaluating the Green Social Prescribing Test and Learn Pilots

A team from ECEHH have been funded to evaluate the Government’s flagship Green Social Prescribing test and learn pilots programme. Social prescribing and community-based support enables GPs, other health and care practitioners and local agencies to refer people to a link worker who gives people time and focuses on what matters to the individual.

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