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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Health and Wellbeing, Innovation and Infrastructure

The PAW-Force Trial

This project aims to promote physical activity, healthy eating and improved sleep for police officers and staff.

Environmental pollutants and antibiotic resistance

Assessing selection for antibiotic resistance in the natural environment. Established theories suggest that selection for resistant bacteria usually occurs in the human body, when a patient is under antibiotic therapy.…

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.

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.

Beyond Greenspace

This research investigated how different types and qualities of natural environment can have varying relationships with human health and wellbeing.

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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