Researchers at the University of Exeter's European Centre for the Environment and Human Health are taking the lead on a major research collaboration. The BlueHealth project brings together a multi-disciplinary consortium to investigate how aquatic environments affect the health of Europe’s population. It will take an international, interdisciplinary and multi-sector approach to health promotion and disease prevention, investigating the relationships between ‘blue infrastructure’ and health and wellbeing. Led by Professor Lora Fleming, the project will involve institutions from across Europe over its four and a half year lifespan.
‘Blue infrastructure’ refers to the network of natural and man-made aquatic environments that provide a range of services, such as transportation and fresh water provision. To date, there has been no systematic attempt to detail the potential impacts of blue infrastructure on health promotion and disease prevention, nor to develop guidelines on how health should be considered when developing blue infrastructure interventions. BlueHealth will address this gap.