Dr Mathew White
Lecturer (E&R)


Research: I am a social and environmental psychologist with an interest in the following research fields: a) Natural environments, health and well-being; b) Decision making and subjective wellbeing; and c) Risk perception and communication. Since 2011 I have co-ordinated the ‘Blue Gym’ project exploring the potential health and well-being benefits of aquatic environments. 

Publications: I have 60+ peer reviewed papers including articles in psychology journals such as: Perspectives in Psychological Science; American Psychologist; and Psychological Science; as well as key journals in Environmental Sciences e.g. Environmental Science & Technology and Environment International. Our NSF award winning graphic on pharmaceutical pollution was published in Science, and my work on green space was the focus of two different Research Highlights in the journal Nature. 

Grants: I have been Co-I on grants totalling over £13 million from funding bodies such as ESRC, NERC, NIHR, DEFRA and EU Horizons2020. Of this total approximately £1.2 million was as PI or Work Package lead. 

Teaching: I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and teach on the MSc in Environment and Human Health. I have also taught courses on Choice & Decision Making, Behaviour Change, Persuasion, Positive Psychology, and Human Factors. I have 5 current PhD students and 6 completions (5 within 3 years). 

Professional activities: I am the Secretary for the Society for Risk Analysis (Europe), and on the scientific advisory groups for Public Health England’s ‘Healthy People, Healthy Places’ and Natural England’s ‘Outdoors for All’ programmes. 

Impact: My work has received extensive media coverage including 4 stories on the BBC’s homepage. Our EST article was ranked 7th by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in terms of global coverage across all scientific disciplines in 2014. I have presented my findings in the House of Commons, the House of Lords and to DEFRA, Public Health England and the European Marine Board. My work had a direct impact on the EU’s Rome Declaration (Oct 2014) concerning coastal and marine environments.


PhD Social Psychology (Sheffield, 2004)

MSc Psychological Research Methods (Strathclyde, 1996)

BSc(Hons) Psychology (Strathclyde, 1994)

Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1872 258144
AddressUniversity of Exeter Medical School
Knowledge Spa
Royal Cornwall Hospital
OfficeEuropean Centre for Environmen

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