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 Alexander Smalley

Alexander Smalley

PhD Student / Communications Manager

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Overview

Alex is a Science Communicator with over twelve years’ experience in helping to improve the public’s understanding of science.

He is currently funded by the pan-European projects BlueHealth and Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe, leading on communication activities with teams across Europe to enhance awareness and impact.

Alex is also a PhD student investigating how immersion in digital natural environments might be used for therapeutic gains. Funded by the Wellcome Trust, his Virtual Nature project is using the latest virtual reality techniques to bring the therapeutic benefits of nature to those who can’t otherwise access it.

Alex has a background in science communication gained from work in private consultancy, government, national media and university research. He has extensive experience in the production and dissemination of digital content and a proven record in broadcasting multi-platform information across the world.

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Research interests

Alex is interested in virtual natural environments can impact wellbeing. His research into ‘virtual nature’ is investigating how nature, culture and technology can combine to enhance psychological health.

Alex’s PhD research is developing our understanding of ‘what works’ in nature restoration, and is hoping to inform an intervention which brings contact with the natural environment to people who can’t otherwise access it.

His 5 year project is funded by the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, and the University of Exeter.

Research projects

Current Projects:

  • Virtual Nature: Exploring how digital experiences of the natural world can impact health and wellbeing.

Publications

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Journal articles

Fleming LE, McDonough N, Austen M, Mee L, Moore M, Hess P, Depledge MH, White M, Philippart K, Bradbrook P, et al (2014). Oceans and Human Health: a rising tide of challenges and opportunities for Europe. Mar Environ Res, 99, 16-19. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

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2014

Fleming LE, McDonough N, Austen M, Mee L, Moore M, Hess P, Depledge MH, White M, Philippart K, Bradbrook P, et al (2014). Oceans and Human Health: a rising tide of challenges and opportunities for Europe. Mar Environ Res, 99, 16-19. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

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