This blog was created by Carolyn Petersen to share reflections and insights on environment, health and wellbeing, including relevant projects and policy angles.
It highlights the links between the environment, health and wellbeing both on a practical and policy level.
I am currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for Rural Policy Research (@CRPRExeter), Exeter University working on projects on sustainable tourism; health and wellbeing; and on gender and food security (see below).
I am passionate about our natural environments and spending time outdoors in our wild green and blue spaces, including the coast – and the wellbeing benefits this brings. When not researching (or writing this blog) I am generally to be found outside exploring these environments either by bike, on foot, or with a wetsuit, canoe or paddle board when I can.
My current and recent projects include:
- The BioCultural Heritage Tourism Project funded by Interreg working across four UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in England and France.
- A Gender Equality and Food Security project in Brazil in partnership with Toby Pennington (Geography, Uni of Exeter) and the Instituto de Ouro Verde, Brazil.
- A Health and Wellbeing Assessment of the South West Coast Path 2020 (with the South West Coast Path Association).
See the Projects page for more detail on current and recent projects. See also the External links page for inspiring projects and organisations working in this and related field.
I am also increasingly interested in exploring researcher-practitioner connections through partnership working.