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Health and Wellbeing in Coastal Communities

Monday 13th March 12.30 - 3.45pm.  

An Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) with the European Centre for Environment & Human Health (ECEHH) event.

Coastal communities in Cornwall and around the world are places where there are significant threats and opportunities for the human population and the environments in which we live. On one hand, our coastal environments can provide excellent opportunities for recreation, healthy and sustainable food and good quality of life. On the other, these places are under threat from rapid environmental and social change, and present specific challenges for public health and wellbeing. In this event we will explore these issues in the context of research and collaborations in Cornwall and globally.


12.30pm Lunch


Professor Jane Wills (Director, Environment and Sustainability Institute)

Dr Cornelia Guell (Co-Director, European Centre for Environment and Human Health)


Health and wellbeing in coastal communities in the UK and beyond*

Dr Ben Wheeler (Co-Director, European Centre for Environment and Human Health)


The Resilience of Coastal Communities*

Dr Rachel Turner (Senior Lecturer in Environmental Social Science)


Researching Blue Communities*

Dr Tomas Chaigneau (Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences for our Environment)

02.30pm Break

Panel discussion including speakers and invited practitioners

Paula Chappell (Advanced Public Health Practitioner, Cornwall Council)

Rob Poole (Fishing Animateur, Cornwall Rural Community Charity)

*There will be a Q&A session after every talk.

This will be held at the Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter on Penryn Campus.  It will be a hybrid event and interested participants outside the ESI can join us on MS Teams, if they prefer. Please email for the link.

Video recording of the Health and Wellbeing in Coastal Communities event

We are proud to be celebrating the ESI’s first decade of successful operation and are holding a series of events to mark #esi10 throughout this academic year.