- Lora Fleming (European Centre for Environment & Human Health - University of Exeter)
- European Comission (Horizon 2020)
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The majority of Europe’s population lives in cities which have either developed along major rivers, been founded on the banks of inland lakes, or grown on the continent’s extensive coastline. These ‘blue’ environments have played a major role in both the historical and modern evolution of our urban areas. They have been used for supplying drinking water, transportation, industry, fisheries, energy generation and sewage treatment. Recently, a growing body of evidence has suggested that this utilitarian network of urban ‘blue infrastructure’ might also be able to provide a number of health and wellbeing benefits.
Research has shown these environments might allow us to tackle major public health challenges such as obesity, physical inactivity and mental health disorders, and that these benefits may be most important for vulnerable populations. However, so far there has been no concerted attempt to characterise and quantify these effects.
To address this, BlueHealth has brought together experts from across Europe to systematically explore the impact urban waterways can have on health and wellbeing. Through a number of surveys, reviews, experiments and interventions, it is investigating whether the careful design and implementation of urban blue infrastructures can deliver benefits to public health and prevent disease. Genuine two-way communication lies at the very heart of BlueHealth, which is working with representatives from public and patient groups, health care providers, planners, engineers, policy makers and the commercial sectors to ensure its methods are driven by real-world challenges.
With much of Europe’s vast network of waterways spanning national boundaries, a key part of the programme’s focus is also ensuring its findings will be used to inform government policies, particularly as both climates and environments change across the EU. By the project’s culmination in 2019, the team are hoping to be able to make direct recommendations on how both existing and new blue infrastructures can be designed to promote good health and wellbeing across Europe’s cities.
ISGlobal is leading the Work Package 3, in which we will evaluate the impact of both ‘natural experiments’ and randomised individual-level interventions with innovative technologies around the benefits and risks of transport and environmental blue stressors, physical activity, and recreational use of blue infrastructure in different social groups/individuals. You can find information on each case-study here.
Principal Investigator (PI)
- Mark Nieuwenhuijsen Director de la Iniciativa de Planificación Urbana, Medio Ambiente y Salud, y jefe del programa de Contaminación Atmosférica y Entorno Urbano
- Mireia Gascon Assistant Research Professor
- Cristina Vert Investigadora predoctoral
- Glòria Carrasco Técnica de investigación
- Wilma Zijlema Postdoctoral Fellow
- David Rojas Investigador postdoctoral
- Marta Cirach Técnica GIS
- David Donaire Investigador posdoctoral
- David Martínez Estadístico
- Lourdes Arjona Técnica de investigación
Otros proyectosVer proyectos pasados
European Study of Cohorts for Air Pollution Effects
Cardiovascular Health effects of Air pollution in Andhra Pradesh, Indiahttp://www.chaiproject.org
Engaging Citizens in Science: Promoting the Viability of Participatory Sensing for Monitoring Air and Environmental Qualityhttp://www.esaire.eu
The international Mind, Activities and urban Places in Barcelona study (iMAP Barcelona study): Building the evidence base on the relationships between environment, active living and cognitive health