Professor Michael Depledge

International perspectives

Name Professor Michael Depledge
Email M.Depledge@exeter.ac.uk
Position Professor of Environment and Human Health; and Chair of the Board of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health
College Medical School

Value of cross-disciplinary research and discussion

Professor Michael Depledge is a keen researcher, who’s main interests lie in examining the impacts of climate change, environmental chemicals and  pharmaceuticals on human health, and our use of nature and the environment for promoting health and wellbeing. With much of his own research and experiences drawing from a range of subject areas, Michael understands the value of working across disciplines to develop understanding and gain new perspectives.

As Michael explains; “it’s always important to think beyond your immediate [discipline]; even while your developing that expertise in that immediate field in front of you, try and keep thinking “What are the implications of this?”.”

Importance of internationalisation

With a strong interest in problems of pollution and climate change, issues which cross boundaries, Michael understands that adopting an international focus and working collaboratively is crucial to effectively tackle today’s global challenges. “I think it’s very, very important that Universities look, whenever possible, to be able to do things for society, and to lead the way in society, to address the problems of society and to engage internationally”.

Michael has worked with a variety of international agencies, including the United Nations Environment Programme, and the World Health Organisation (WHO), and was also involved in the Rio+20 negotiations. Here, working with colleagues from across the globe, they explored how not only economic growth, but improving human health and wellbeing and focussing on issues of climate change and biodiversity are key to securing our future.

Furthermore, Michael, along with other colleagues at the University, is currently involved in developing a WHO Collaborative Centre on Environment and Human Health, further promoting international and interdisciplinary research.

Aim 4: International learning, research & experiences

To provide international perspectives in all programmes and a multi-cultural experience for all students

Value of research-inspired, inquiry-led learning

"...if you can show that your [research is] contributing at global scales...it helps build [students'] confidence".

Broadening understanding through inter-disciplinary discussion

"...an inter-disciplinary group...helps you to make a much more sophisticated judgement and decision".

Importance of internationalisation

"Internationalisation must be, intellectually actually, the way ahead".