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.

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.

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.

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.

Life Below Water, Quality Education, Reduced Inequalities

Aquariums as restorative environments

This PhD, funded by the National Marine Aquarium, aims to investigate how viewing different amounts of marine life can influence human health and wellbeing.

Health and Wellbeing, Innovation and Infrastructure, Life Below Water

Tackling antibiotic resistance using CRISPR

This project is investigating the use of CRISPR-Cas9 biotechnology to remove antibiotic resistance genes from bacterial communities.

Clean Water and Sanitation, Climate Action, Life Below Water

Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe

Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe (SOPHIE) is a pan-European initiative to coordinate research into the complex links between the marine environment and human health and wellbeing.

Clean Water and Sanitation, Life Below Water, Sustainable Cities and Communities

GCRF Blue Communities

Blue Communities is a 4 year research capacity-building programme for marine planning in East and South-East (E/SE) Asia