Positive health effects on the natural outdoor environment in typical populations of different regions in Europe (PHENOTYPE)

About this project

There is evidence that contact with natural environments is beneficial to human health and wellbeing, but the mechanisms are not well understood. PHENOTYPE was a four-year European-funded, multi-country project intended to provide a better understanding of the potential mechanisms, and better integration of human health needs into land use planning and green space management.

PHENOTYPE investigated the underlying mechanisms in different population groups using a range of research methods. The project further examined the effects of different characteristics of the natural outdoor environment, and address the implications for land-use planning and green space management.

Find out more information at http://www.phenotype.eu/en

Lead researcher

Professor Christopher Gidlow

Professor Of Applied Health Research

Following an undergraduate in Applied Biology (University of Newcastle upon Tyne), I completed an MSc at in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Public Health (University of Bristol).

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Associated researchers

Dr Naomi Ellis

Associate Professor Of Health Research

I've been involved with a number of research projects relating to physical activity and mental health, green space and health; health in mid-life; sport and mental health in prisons.

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Dr Gemma Hurst

Course Director

I am the Course Leader for the MSc Health Psychology. My research focuses on measuring the impact of environment exposures on health and wellbeing and exploring the wider determinants of health in relation to health inequality. I am also experie…

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Collaborators and partners

ISGlobal - Barcelona Institute for Global Health

RIVM - National Institute for Public Health and the Environment

VDU - Vytauto Didziojo Universitetas

UNIGE - University of Geneva

VUA - Vereniging voor Christelijk Hoger Onderwijs Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek en patientzorg

VGGM - Public Health Services Gelderland Midden

UCB - University of California Berkeley

Funding body



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Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

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