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Calling all PhD students working on the Environment and Health

17 Nov 2021

Help us connect Early Career Researchers working on issues relating to the environment and health across the University

Health and well-being are intimately linked to the state of the environment.

At The University of Manchester, we have lots of Early Career Researchers (ECRs) working on issues relating to the environment and health but they are spread across faculties, schools, and departments with little interaction or collaboration. We want to change this. 

We want to help you build the connections and wider discipline knowledge that will be useful for not only your current projects but your future careers. 

Firstly, we need to know who YOU are and what you are working on. If you are working in this area we're asking you to complete the following quick survey: 

What do we mean by 'Environment and Health'?

We use a very broad description to define this and are interested in human, aquatic, and ecosystem health. 

A clean environment is essential for health and well-being. At the same time the local environment can also be a source of stressors - for example, air pollution, noise or hazardous chemicals - that negatively affect health. Health is also adversely affected by climate change, through heatwaves, floods, and changes in the distribution of vector-borne diseases. At a broader level, climate change, loss of biodiversity, and land degradation can also impact health and well-being. 

We are interested in these intersections and the effect they have on us and our environments. 

Examples may include:

  • Air quality
  • Chemical safety
  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem health and services
  • Housing and health
  • Noise
  • Occupational health
  • Transport and health
  • Urban health
  • Water and sanitation 

This survey is brought to you by Manchester Environmental Research Institute (MERI). MERI connects expertise from across The University of Manchester to develop solutions to environmental challenges. There are five broad research themes that encompass the University's strengths in Environmental research of which 'The environment's effect on health' is one.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.

Professor Martie van Tongeren, MERI Theme Lead for 'The Environment's Effect on Health'
Professor of Occupational & Environmental Health Holly Shiels
Professor of Integrative Physiology Cyrill Bussy, Lecturer in Nanotoxicology