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Working with Nature for Human and Earth’s Health


Our research develops programs in nature and green spaces designed to enhance human well-being and support the Earth’s ecosystems, biodiversity, and natural processes, at both local and global scales. We call this E-Co-Flourishing (Ecological Collective Flourishing). ‘Flourishing’ means physical, psychological, emotional, moral, and relational wellbeing.

The project:

  • Is part of a larger project – Biomedical Research Centre – at the University of Oxford funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research.
  • Explores green and blue spaces outside the clinic for new and creative ways to improve health of both people and the planet.
  • Collaborates with communities frequently not represented in research including younger people, certain ethnicities, the elderly, people with disabilities, and socioeconomically disadvantaged groups.


20% of children and young people aged 8-25 are likely to face mental health challenges1, with older adults also affected but less supported2.

We need new, effective ways to prevent mental health issues and promote well-being, using resources from both medical and everyday settings.


We aim to involve patients, the public, local communities, youth groups, and charities to support more people facing multiple challenges and their caregivers.


  • Co-Researcher Model: community-driven collaborative research.
  • Mixed Methods: workshops, focus groups, participatory action research.
  • Custom Data Tools: data collection tailored to specific (co)research needs.
  • Ongoing feedback: for continuous improvement.

More info: https://oxfordhealthbrc.nihr.ac.uk/research/flourishing-wellbeing/

Project Lead: Professor Ilina Singh; PPIEP lead Dr Katrin Wilhelm