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, 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, 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.

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

Health and Wellbeing

Genetic implications for type 2 diabetes

This study will use newly released UK Biobank data to investigate the role that genetic makeup could play in the promotion or resistance of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Type 2…

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.

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.

Health and Wellbeing, Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities and Communities

Air pollution, Deprivation & Childhood Asthma

This PhD aims to explore the impact of air pollution on asthma in childhood, controlling for both individual and area level deprivation across England.

Health and Wellbeing, Reduced Inequalities

Understanding the impacts of Ménière’s Disease

This project will use quantitative and qualitative research methods to examine the mental health and wellbeing impacts of Ménière’s disease.

Health and Wellbeing, Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities and Communities

Mapping Dorset’s greenspaces

'Healthy Places' will use green spaces make to boost physical activity and reduce illness in Dorset.

Health and Wellbeing, Reduced Inequalities

Determining the genetic causes of type 2 diabetes

This study is using UK Biobank data to investigate the causal relationship between over 40 genetic factors and type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Health and Wellbeing, Reduced Inequalities

Nature-on-prescription

This project will design a programme of nature-based group activities for people with common mental health conditions.

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.

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