Sian de Bell
Knowledge Spa F.076
University of Exeter Medical School, Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, TR1 3HD
Sian is an Impact Fellow at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH), where she works on the ‘Informing environmental investment for health and wellbeing’ project, funded by the South West Partnership for Environment and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP). She joined ECEHH in 2018 to work on Greenkeeper (https://greentoolkit.net/), an Innovate UK project with Vivid Economics and Barton Willmore, which developed a toolkit to value the benefits of urban green spaces.
Previously, Sian studied BSc Biology at the University of Bristol before moving to the University of York for her PhD. This was part of the ESRC Health of Populations and Ecosystems (HOPE) project and investigated the benefits of freshwater blue space for health and well-being. She analysed UK-wide data on the benefits of blue spaces, as well as using qualitative methods to investigate the dual benefits of an urban river restoration project for the environment and human well-being. After finishing her PhD, she worked on a qualitative systematic review of environmental influences on older people’s travel behaviour.
- 2018 PhD Environment and Health, University of York
- 2013 BSc (Hons) Biology, University of Bristol
Sian’s research interests include: (i) the role of the environment, particularly in terms of its quality, in determining health; (ii) the multiple environmental and social values (monetary and non-monetary) of greenspace and (iii) the translation of green space-health research into policy, planning and environmental health interventions.