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Dr Rachael Edwards
EPPI- Centre Social Science Research Unit
United Kingdom
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  • Research Fellow
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education

My research lies at the intersection of sustainability and public health. I am interested in how evidence linking nature interaction to wellbeing can be harnessed in policy and practice, particularly in relation to reducing health inequalities.

I completed a PhD in Planning at the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 2021, where I focused on evaluating and improving equity of access to nature for underrepresented communities. Over the course of my doctoral studies, I also published research on childhood connection to nature, the use of expert knowledge in ecological research, and municipal natural asset management. Through my MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity at the University of Exeter, I also gained experience in the monitoring and evaluation of complex interventions through exploring the social and ecological outputs and outcomes of a sea turtle conservation programme in North Cyprus.

Outside of my academic work, I previously volunteered on the Board of Directors for Waterloo Region Nature (Canada) and worked as a Project Manager for Sustainable Merton, a locally-focused environmental charity in London.

Research interests:

-Health and wellbeing benefits of nature-based recreation

-Equitable planning and management of green spaces

-Environmental education and connection to nature

-Environmental-health sector collaboration

-Evidence use

Current projects:

How can research evidence and research-based ideas become embedded in public health decision-making?

Academic Background
  MSc Master of Science in Conservation and Biodiversity  
  PhD Doctor of Philosophy in Planning  
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