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.

Beyond Greenspace

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

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, Sustainable Cities and Communities

Green-blue space natural experiment

Green-blue space exposure changes and impact on individual-level wellbeing and mental health: a population-wide record-linked natural experiment.

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities

Urban Greenspace Valuation Toolkit

Green infrastructure – such as parks, greenspaces, and other environmental features including trees and canals – are increasingly important in urban areas for health and quality of life. They also…

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.…

No Poverty, Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities and Communities

Physical activity in older adults – a systematic review

This systematic review will help us to understand the factors that affect older people’s participation in exercise and physical activity.

Health and Wellbeing, Reduced Inequalities

Meaningful Occupation for People with Dementia

Understand what meaningful occupation really means for people with dementia residing in care homes

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.

Assessing exposure to antibiotic resistance

Identifying environmental reservoirs of novel antibiotic resistant genes This project is seeking to reveal how humans are exposed to environmental reservoirs of antibiotic resistant organisms. Previous work by Dr William…

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.

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.

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