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.

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 wellbeing

The PhD examines the importance and value of coasts for human well-being and makes steps towards developing an approach upon which to base future policy evaluations.

Health and wellbeing impacts of environmental enhancement activities

This systematic review aims to understand the health and wellbeing impacts of taking part in environmental enhancement and conservation activities.

Health and Wellbeing, Reduced Inequalities

Placebo effects and the healing response

The project is hoping to develop theories about how healing might be initiated through placebo effects and how nature can influence this effect.

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

Life Below Water, Life on Land, Partnerships for the Goals

Understanding factors influencing marine access

This internationally collaborative PhD project is exploring the social and cultural factors influencing marine access in Liberty City, Miami, Florida. The project will examine the influence of society and culture on the perceived relevance, risks and benefits of the ocean to human health.

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.

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

Climate Action, Partnerships for the Goals

MEDMI – Connecting health and environment data

The MEDMI 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

Sensing Nature

Sensing Nature is exploring how people with varying forms and severities of sight impairment experience diverse types of nature.

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