Anne Cleary and Ruth Hunter
Nature and Health PhD Candidate, Griffith University, Australia
I am an environmental scientist by training and a nature loving enthusiast by choice. Several years working for Healthy Waterways overseeing the management of recreational waters in South East Queensland has sparked my curiosity to explore the innate connections people have with nature and how this benefits our health and wellbeing. This has led me to undertake research into understanding people's nature connection and how this influences there psychological wellbeing as well as their attitudes and behaviours towards the environment.
Lecturer, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queen's University Belfast
My general research interests are in physical activity and public health, particularly regarding the development and evaluation of complex interventions for behaviour change at the individual, community and population level. My research involves investigating the role of the built environment and social environment for health and wellbeing benefits. Current research projects include evaluating the public health impact of a large urban regeneration project (Connswater Community Greenway) and investigating the effectiveness of a novel physical activity loyalty scheme to encourage people to get outside and be more active in their local environment. Most recently I have been awarded a Career Development Fellowship from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
Evidence suggests that green space is good for us bringing physical and mental health benefits and a range of positive social, environmental and equity outcomes. But how best to deliver these benefits with finite resources? We look for guidance...