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Dr Rebecca Lovell

Dr Rebecca Lovell

Research Fellow

 01872 258 173

 Knowledge Spa 

 

University of Exeter Medical School, Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, TR1 3HD

Dr Becca Lovell’s research focuses on understanding the ways people can benefit from proximity to and contact with ‘natural’ environments. She is specifically interested in how we can translate evidence of benefit to inform decision making.

Relationships between the environment and health are complicated, multi-factorial and highly contextual. Becca and colleagues are developing the use of complex research designs which use cross-disciplinary multi-method research approaches. Dr Lovell is particularly interested in how we can integrate both traditional and novel qualitative and quantitative methods to unpick the specific impacts of natural environments to people’s health and wellbeing.

Her current research activities include:

  • Systematic review of literature using narrative or realist approaches.
  • Mixed-method natural experiment of the health, wellbeing and community impacts of local natural environment change.
  • Secondary data analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Ecosystem services and green-infrastructure.
  • Valuing the social and health benefits of natural environments.

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Research

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Ohly H, Gentry S, Wigglesworth R, Bethel A, Lovell R, Garside R (In Press). Erratum to: a systematic review of the health and well-being impacts of school gardening: synthesis of quantitative and qualitative evidence. BMC Public Health, 16(1). Author URL.  Full text.
Frayling TM, Tyrrell J (In Press). Height, body mass index, and socioeconomic status: mendelian randomisation study in UK Biobank. British Medical Journal Full text.
White M, Weeks A, Hooper T, Bleakley L, Cracknell D, Lovell R, Jefferson R (In Press). Marine wildlife as an important component of coastal visits: the role of biodiversity and behaviour. Marine Policy, In press
Husk K, Lovell R, Garside R (In Press). Prescribing gardening and conservation activities for health and wellbeing in older people. Maturitas, 110, A1-A2. Author URL.
Bell S, Phoenix C, Lovell R, Wheeler B (In Press). Using GPS and geo-narratives: a methodological approach for understanding and situating everyday green space encounters. Area Abstract.  Full text.
Alcock I, White M, Wheeler B, Lovell R, Higgins S, Osborne N, Husk K (In Press). What Accounts for 'England's green and pleasant land'? a panel data analysis of mental health and land cover types in rural England. Labdscape and Urban PLanning
Cooper C, Lovell R, Husk K, Booth A, Garside R (2018). Supplementary search methods were more effective and offered better value than bibliographic database searching: a case study from public health and environmental enhancement. Res Synth Methods, 9(2), 195-223. Abstract.  Author URL.
Lovell R, Husk K, Blockley KV, Bethel A, Bloomfield D, Sara W, Pearson MGN, Lang IA, Byng R, Garside R, et al (2017). A realist review and collaborative development of what works in the social prescribing process. Lancet, 390, s62-s62.
Bell SL, Westley M, Lovell R, Wheeler BW (2017). Everyday green space and experienced wellbeing: the significance of wildlife encounters. Landscape Research Full text.
Ohly H, Gentry S, Wigglesworth R, Bethel A, Lovell R, Garside R (2016). A systematic review of the health and well-being impacts of school gardening: synthesis of quantitative and qualitative evidence. BMC Public Health, 16 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Husk K, Lovell R, Cooper C, Stahl-Timmins W, Garside R (2016). Participation in environmental enhancement and conservation activities for health and well-being in adults: a review of quantitative and qualitative evidence. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2016(5). Abstract.  Full text.
Husk K, Blockley K, Lovell R, Bethel A, Bloomfield D, Warber S, Pearson M, Lang I, Byng R, Garside R, et al (2016). What approaches to social prescribing work, for whom, and in what circumstances? a protocol for a realist review. Syst Rev, 5 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Wheeler BW, Lovell R, Higgins SL, White MP, Alcock I, Osborne NJ, Husk K, Sabel CE, Depledge MH (2015). Beyond greenspace: an ecological study of population general health and indicators of natural environment type and quality. Int J Health Geogr, 14 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Bell SL, Phoenix C, Lovell R, Wheeler BW (2015). Seeking everyday wellbeing: the coast as a therapeutic landscape. Social Science and Medicine, 142, 56-67. Abstract.  Full text.
Lovell R, Husk K, Cooper C, Stahl-Timmins W, Garside R (2015). Understanding how environmental enhancement and conservation activities may benefit health and wellbeing: a systematic review. BMC Public Health, 15 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Alcock I, White MP, Lovell R, Higgins SL, Osborne NJ, Husk K, Wheeler BW (2015). What accounts for ‘England’s green and pleasant land’? a panel data analysis of mental health and land cover types in rural England. Landscape and Urban Planning, 142, 38-46. Full text.
Lovell R, Wheeler BW, Higgins SL, Irvine KN, Depledge MH (2014). A systematic review of the health and well-being benefits of biodiverse environments. J Toxicol Environ Health B Crit Rev, 17(1), 1-20. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Clark NE, Lovell R, Wheeler BW, Higgins SL, Depledge MH, Norris K (2014). Biodiversity, cultural pathways, and human health: a framework. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 29(4), 198-204. Abstract.  Full text.
Lovell R, Husk K, Cooper C, Stahl-Timmins W, Garside R (2014). Environmental conservation activities for health: building on systematic review methods to consider a disparate, dispersed, and limited evidence base. The Lancet, 384, S46-S46.
Bell SL, Phoenix C, Lovell R, Wheeler BW (2014). Green space, health and wellbeing: Making space for individual agency. Health and Place Abstract.
Bell S, Phoenix C, Lovell R, Wheeler B (2014). Green space, health and wellbeing: making space for individual agency. Health & Place, 30, 287-292. Abstract.  Full text.
Lovell R, Husk K, Bethel A, Garside R (2014). What are the health and well-being impacts of community gardening for adults and children: a mixed method systematic review protocol. Environmental Evidence, 3(1). Full text.
Husk K, Lovell R, Cooper C, Garside R (2013). Participation in environmental enhancement and conservation activities for health and well-being in adults.  Author URL.  Full text.
Lovell R, Roe J (2009). Physical and mental health benefits of participation in forest school. Countryside Recreation, 17, 20-23.

Chapters

White M, Lovell R, Wheeler B, Pahl S, Voelker S, Depledge M (2017). Blue Landscapes and Public Health. In van den Bosch M, Bird W (Eds.) Landscape and Public Health, Oxford OU.
Horwitz P, Kretsch C, Jenkins A, Rahim A, Burls A, Campbell K, Carter M, Henwood W, Lovell R, Malone-Lee L, et al (2015). Contribution of biodiversity and green spaces to mental and physical fitness, and cultural dimensions of health. In  (Ed) Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health a State of Knowledge Review, WHO CBD. Abstract.  Full text.

Conferences

Tyrrell J, Jones SE, Beaumont R, Astley C, Lovell R, Yaghootkar H, Tuke M, Ruth KS, Freathy RM, Hirschhorn JN, et al (2016). Higher BMI Leads to Lower Socioeconomic Status: a Mendelian Randomisation Study in the UK Biobank.  Author URL.

Reports

Napier D, Depledge MH, Knipper M, Lovell R, Ponarin E, Sanabria E, Thomas F (2017). Culture matters: using a cultural contexts of health approach to enhance policy-making. World Health Organisation,  Copenhagen, World Health Organisation. Abstract.  Full text.
Maxwell S, Lovell R (2017). Evidence statement on the links between natural environments and human health. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,  London, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Abstract.  Full text.
Depledge MH, Lovell R, Wheeler BW, Morrissey KM, White M, Fleming LE (2017). Future of the Sea: Health and Wellbeing of Coastal Communities. Governtment Office for Science,  https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/639432/Health_and_Wellbeing_Final.pdf. Abstract.  Full text.
Lovell R (2016). Links between natural environments and obesity: evidence briefing (EIN021).

Publications by year


In Press

Ohly H, Gentry S, Wigglesworth R, Bethel A, Lovell R, Garside R (In Press). Erratum to: a systematic review of the health and well-being impacts of school gardening: synthesis of quantitative and qualitative evidence. BMC Public Health, 16(1). Author URL.  Full text.
Frayling TM, Tyrrell J (In Press). Height, body mass index, and socioeconomic status: mendelian randomisation study in UK Biobank. British Medical Journal Full text.
White M, Weeks A, Hooper T, Bleakley L, Cracknell D, Lovell R, Jefferson R (In Press). Marine wildlife as an important component of coastal visits: the role of biodiversity and behaviour. Marine Policy, In press
Husk K, Lovell R, Garside R (In Press). Prescribing gardening and conservation activities for health and wellbeing in older people. Maturitas, 110, A1-A2. Author URL.
Bell S, Phoenix C, Lovell R, Wheeler B (In Press). Using GPS and geo-narratives: a methodological approach for understanding and situating everyday green space encounters. Area Abstract.  Full text.
Alcock I, White M, Wheeler B, Lovell R, Higgins S, Osborne N, Husk K (In Press). What Accounts for 'England's green and pleasant land'? a panel data analysis of mental health and land cover types in rural England. Labdscape and Urban PLanning

2018

Cooper C, Lovell R, Husk K, Booth A, Garside R (2018). Supplementary search methods were more effective and offered better value than bibliographic database searching: a case study from public health and environmental enhancement. Res Synth Methods, 9(2), 195-223. Abstract.  Author URL.

2017

Lovell R, Husk K, Blockley KV, Bethel A, Bloomfield D, Sara W, Pearson MGN, Lang IA, Byng R, Garside R, et al (2017). A realist review and collaborative development of what works in the social prescribing process. Lancet, 390, s62-s62.
White M, Lovell R, Wheeler B, Pahl S, Voelker S, Depledge M (2017). Blue Landscapes and Public Health. In van den Bosch M, Bird W (Eds.) Landscape and Public Health, Oxford OU.
Napier D, Depledge MH, Knipper M, Lovell R, Ponarin E, Sanabria E, Thomas F (2017). Culture matters: using a cultural contexts of health approach to enhance policy-making. World Health Organisation,  Copenhagen, World Health Organisation. Abstract.  Full text.
Bell SL, Westley M, Lovell R, Wheeler BW (2017). Everyday green space and experienced wellbeing: the significance of wildlife encounters. Landscape Research Full text.
Maxwell S, Lovell R (2017). Evidence statement on the links between natural environments and human health. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,  London, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Abstract.  Full text.
Depledge MH, Lovell R, Wheeler BW, Morrissey KM, White M, Fleming LE (2017). Future of the Sea: Health and Wellbeing of Coastal Communities. Governtment Office for Science,  https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/639432/Health_and_Wellbeing_Final.pdf. Abstract.  Full text.

2016

Ohly H, Gentry S, Wigglesworth R, Bethel A, Lovell R, Garside R (2016). A systematic review of the health and well-being impacts of school gardening: synthesis of quantitative and qualitative evidence. BMC Public Health, 16 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Tyrrell J, Jones SE, Beaumont R, Astley C, Lovell R, Yaghootkar H, Tuke M, Ruth KS, Freathy RM, Hirschhorn JN, et al (2016). Higher BMI Leads to Lower Socioeconomic Status: a Mendelian Randomisation Study in the UK Biobank.  Author URL.
Lovell R (2016). Links between natural environments and obesity: evidence briefing (EIN021).
Husk K, Lovell R, Cooper C, Stahl-Timmins W, Garside R (2016). Participation in environmental enhancement and conservation activities for health and well-being in adults: a review of quantitative and qualitative evidence. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2016(5). Abstract.  Full text.
Husk K, Blockley K, Lovell R, Bethel A, Bloomfield D, Warber S, Pearson M, Lang I, Byng R, Garside R, et al (2016). What approaches to social prescribing work, for whom, and in what circumstances? a protocol for a realist review. Syst Rev, 5 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2015

Wheeler BW, Lovell R, Higgins SL, White MP, Alcock I, Osborne NJ, Husk K, Sabel CE, Depledge MH (2015). Beyond greenspace: an ecological study of population general health and indicators of natural environment type and quality. Int J Health Geogr, 14 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Horwitz P, Kretsch C, Jenkins A, Rahim A, Burls A, Campbell K, Carter M, Henwood W, Lovell R, Malone-Lee L, et al (2015). Contribution of biodiversity and green spaces to mental and physical fitness, and cultural dimensions of health. In  (Ed) Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health a State of Knowledge Review, WHO CBD. Abstract.  Full text.
Bell SL, Phoenix C, Lovell R, Wheeler BW (2015). Seeking everyday wellbeing: the coast as a therapeutic landscape. Social Science and Medicine, 142, 56-67. Abstract.  Full text.
Lovell R, Husk K, Cooper C, Stahl-Timmins W, Garside R (2015). Understanding how environmental enhancement and conservation activities may benefit health and wellbeing: a systematic review. BMC Public Health, 15 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Alcock I, White MP, Lovell R, Higgins SL, Osborne NJ, Husk K, Wheeler BW (2015). What accounts for ‘England’s green and pleasant land’? a panel data analysis of mental health and land cover types in rural England. Landscape and Urban Planning, 142, 38-46. Full text.

2014

Lovell R, Wheeler BW, Higgins SL, Irvine KN, Depledge MH (2014). A systematic review of the health and well-being benefits of biodiverse environments. J Toxicol Environ Health B Crit Rev, 17(1), 1-20. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Clark NE, Lovell R, Wheeler BW, Higgins SL, Depledge MH, Norris K (2014). Biodiversity, cultural pathways, and human health: a framework. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 29(4), 198-204. Abstract.  Full text.
Lovell R, Husk K, Cooper C, Stahl-Timmins W, Garside R (2014). Environmental conservation activities for health: building on systematic review methods to consider a disparate, dispersed, and limited evidence base. The Lancet, 384, S46-S46.
Bell SL, Phoenix C, Lovell R, Wheeler BW (2014). Green space, health and wellbeing: Making space for individual agency. Health and Place Abstract.
Bell S, Phoenix C, Lovell R, Wheeler B (2014). Green space, health and wellbeing: making space for individual agency. Health & Place, 30, 287-292. Abstract.  Full text.
Lovell R, Husk K, Bethel A, Garside R (2014). What are the health and well-being impacts of community gardening for adults and children: a mixed method systematic review protocol. Environmental Evidence, 3(1). Full text.

2013

Husk K, Lovell R, Cooper C, Garside R (2013). Participation in environmental enhancement and conservation activities for health and well-being in adults.  Author URL.  Full text.

2009

Lovell R, Roe J (2009). Physical and mental health benefits of participation in forest school. Countryside Recreation, 17, 20-23.

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