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Gemma Hurst

  • Job title: Course Director
  • Department: School of Life Sciences and Education


I was awarded my PhD from Staffordshire University (supervised by Professor Sarah Grogan, Associate Professor Christopher Gidlow and Professor David Clark-Carter) in 2013, which examined physical activity behaviour change interventions. Subsequently, I completed a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology in 2015. In 2009, I was employed as a Research Officer at Staffordshire University and worked on a number of projects, which included investigating community development approaches to health improvement (‘My Health Matters’) and exploring the links between exposure to natural outdoor environments and human health and well-being across Europe ( I was appointed Lecturer in Psychology in 2015 and in 2017 I became the Co-Director of the MSc in Health Psychology.


Triguero-Mas, M., Donaire-Gonzalez, D., Seto, E., Valentín, A., Smith, G., Martínez, D., Hurst, G., & Martínez-Íñiguez, T. (2017). Living Close to Natural Outdoor Environments in Four European Cities: Adults’ Contact with the Environments and Physical Activity. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(10), 1162.

Triguero-Mas, M., Donaire-Gonzalez, D., Seto, E., Valentín, A., Martínez, D., Smith, G., Hurst, G., et al. (2017). Natural outdoor environments and mental health: Stress as a possible mechanism. Environmental Research, 159, 629-638.

Zijlema, W.L., Triguero-Mas, M., Smith, G., Cirach, M., Martinez, D., Dadvand, P., Gascon, M., Jones, M., Gidlow, C., Hurst, G. and Masterson, D., (2017). The relationship between natural outdoor environments and cognitive functioning and its mediators. Environmental Research, 155, 268-275.

Triguero-Mas, M., Gidlow, C.J., Martínez, D., de Bont, J., Carrasco-Turigas, G., Martínez-Íñiguez, T., Hurst, G., Masterson, D., Donaire-Gonzalez, D., Seto, E. & Jones, M.V., (2017). The effect of randomised exposure to different types of natural outdoor environments compared to exposure to an urban environment on people with indications of psychological distress in Catalonia. PloS one, 12(3), e0172200.

Ruijsbroek, A., Droomers, M., Kruize, H., van Kempen, E., Gidlow, C.J., Hurst, G., Andrusaityte, S., Nieuwenhuijsen, M.J., Maas, J., Hardyns, W. & Stronks, K., (2017). Does the Health Impact of Exposure to Neighbourhood Green Space Differ between Population Groups? An Explorative Study in Four European Cities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(6), 618.

Gidlow, C. J., Jones, M. V., Hurst, G., Masterson, D., Clark-Carter, D., Tarvainen, M. P., & Nieuwenhuijsen, M. (2016). Where to put your best foot forward: Psycho-physiological responses to walking in natural and urban environments. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 45, 22-29.

Van den Berg, M., van Poppel, M., van Kamp, I., Andrusaityte, S., Balseviciene, B., Cirach, M., Danileviciute, A., Ellis, N., Hurst, G., Masterson, D. & Smith, G., (2016). Visiting green space is associated with mental health and vitality: A cross-sectional study in four European cities. Health & Place, 38, 8-15.

Davey, R. C., Hurst, G. L., Smith, G. R., Grogan, S. C., & Kurth, J. (2011). The impact and process of a community-led intervention on reducing environmental inequalities related to physical activity and healthy eating-a pilot study. BMC Public Health, 11(1), 697.