Urban Environment Research



Within the Urban Environment Research Group, we are working at the cutting edge of urban biodiversity and ecology, focusing on the interactions between people and nature in our towns and cities.

Our aim

From the smallest green patches to the larges of our urban parks there are opportunities for life to flourish and with this life comes a vast array of benefits to the human populations living in our towns and cities. We are seeking to maximise the potential to offer habitats to as wide a range of species as possible and at the same time maximising the benefits in terms of ecosystems services these species can bring to us. These benefits include, flood mitigation, pollution capture, experiences of nature and the associated wellbeing benefits brought about by the sights and sounds of nature. 

We are striving to develop practical, solutions and management recommendations which can easily be implemented into our neighbourhoods and future designs; improving our environments for both people and wildlife. We are generating new evidence informing future policy and best practice for the implementation of green infrastructure, revitalisation of green spaces, and creating healthy cities.​

Group leader

Dr Eleanor Atkins


Researchers within Urban Environment Research

Dr Richard Halfpenny

Senior Lecturer

Richard spent 16 years working in a business setting before returning to university studying a PhD on the species discrimination of cryptic Culex mosquito species using non-molecular methods, and their olfactory mediated sugar feeding behaviou…

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Dr Ruth Swetnam


Ruth is a GIS specialist. Her research interests lie in the fields of landscape ecology, historical geography, land use change and environmental information. Ruth is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Chartered Geographer in GIS.

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Dr Paul Barratt

Senior Lecturer

Paul is a cultural geographer with research interests focusing on environmental engagements, low carbon living and working, and qualitative research methods.

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Dr Dave Skingsley

Senior Lecturer

Dave is a entomologist with an background in physiology and pharmacology of invertebrates. He lectures at all levels of Biology.

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Eleanor Harrison

National Sat Club Programme Mgr

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