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Dr Rebecca Lovell

Dr Rebecca Lovell

Lecturer, Biodiversity, Health and Policy

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

Overview

Becca is a Lecturer at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, WHO Collaborating Centre on Natural Environments and Health at the University of Exeter Medical School.

She focuses on synthesising and translating evidence of the links between natural environments, of all kinds, and health for policy and practice and has undertaken work with and for bodies such as the WHO, PHE, Defra, Natural England, MHCLG as well as NGOs including the RHS.

Becca is currently working on how better understandings of social and health values of natural environments could inform Green Infrastructure decision making, the economic valuation of the health benefits of urban greenspaces and is contributing to multiple studies on the effectiveness and implementation of green health interventions.

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Key publications


Husk K, Blockley K, Lovell R, Bethel A, Lang I, Byng R, Garside R (2020). What approaches to social prescribing work, for whom, and in what circumstances? a realist review. Health and Social Care in the Community, 28(2), 309-324. Abstract.
Frayling TM, Tyrrell J, Jones SE, Beaumont R, Astley CM, Lovell R, Yaghootkar H, Tuke M, Ruth KS, Freathy RM, et al (2016). Height, body mass index, and socioeconomic status: mendelian randomisation study in UK Biobank. British Medical Journal
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.
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.
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.
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.

Publications by category


Journal articles

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
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.
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
Geary RS, Wheeler B, Lovell R, Jepson R, Hunter R, Rodgers S (2021). A call to action: Improving urban green spaces to reduce health inequalities exacerbated by COVID-19. Prev Med, 145 Abstract.  Author URL.
Leonelli S, Lovell R, Wheeler B, Fleming L, Williams H (2021). From FAIR Data to Fair Data Use: Methodological Data Fairness in Health-Related Social Media Research. Big Data and Society
Thompson DA, Nieuwenhuijsen M, White J, Lovell R, White M, Lyons RA, Stratton G, Akbari A, Geary R, Wheeler B, et al (2020). Green-Blue Spaces and Mental Health: a Longitudinal Data Linkage Study. International Journal for Population Data Science, 5(5).
Rodgers SE, Rowney F, Thompson D, Mizen A, White M, Lovell R, Fry R, Watkins A, Wheeler B, Akbari A, et al (2020). Is Wellbeing Associated with Time Spent in Nature?. International Journal for Population Data Science, 5(5).
de Bell S, White M, Griffiths A, Darlow A, Taylor T, Wheeler B, Lovell R (2020). Spending time in the garden is positively associated with health and wellbeing: Results from a national survey in England. Landscape and Urban Planning, 200, 103836-103836.
Husk K, Blockley K, Lovell R, Bethel A, Lang I, Byng R, Garside R (2020). What approaches to social prescribing work, for whom, and in what circumstances? a realist review. Health and Social Care in the Community, 28(2), 309-324. Abstract.
Mizen A, Song J, Fry R, Akbari A, Berridge D, Parker SC, Johnson R, Lovell R, Lyons RA, Nieuwenhuijsen M, et al (2019). Longitudinal access and exposure to green-blue spaces and individual-level mental health and well-being: protocol for a longitudinal, population-wide record-linked natural experiment. BMJ Open, 9(4). Abstract.  Author URL.
Shanahan DF, Astell-Burt T, Barber EA, Brymer E, Cox DTC, Dean J, Depledge M, Fuller RA, Hartig T, Irvine KN, et al (2019). Nature-Based Interventions for Improving Health and Wellbeing: the Purpose, the People and the Outcomes. Sports (Basel), 7(6). Abstract.  Author URL.
Song J, Fry R, Mizen A, Akbari A, Wheeler B, White J, White M, Lovell R, Parker C, Berridge D, et al (2018). Association between blue and green space availability with mental health and wellbeing. International Journal for Population Data Science, 3(4).
Flies EJ, Skelly C, Lovell R, Breed MF (2018). Cities, biodiversity and health: we need healthy urban microbiome initiatives. Cities & Health, 2, 143-150.
Husk K, Lovell R, Garside R (2018). Prescribing gardening and conservation activities for health and wellbeing in older people. Maturitas, 110, A1-A2. Author URL.
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
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.
Ohly H, Gentry S, Wigglesworth R, Bethel A, Lovell R, Garside R (2016). 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.
Frayling TM, Tyrrell J, Jones SE, Beaumont R, Astley CM, Lovell R, Yaghootkar H, Tuke M, Ruth KS, Freathy RM, et al (2016). Height, body mass index, and socioeconomic status: mendelian randomisation study in UK Biobank. British Medical Journal
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Lovell R, Roe J (2009). Physical and mental health benefits of participation in forest school. Countryside Recreation, 17, 20-23.

Chapters

Bell SL, Hollenbeck J, Lovell R, White M, Depledge M (2019). The shadows of risk and inequality within salutogenic coastal waters. In Foley R, Kearns R, Kistemann T, Wheeler B (Eds.) Hydrophilia Unbounded: Blue Space, Health and Place, Routledge Taylor and Francis.
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.

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.
Wheeler. B, Higgins S, Lovell R, White M, Alcock I, Husk K, Osborne N, Sabel C, Depledge M (2014). Beyond Greenspace: Natural Environments for Health and Wellbeing.

Reports

Lovell R, Depledge M, Maxwell S (2018). Health and the natural environment: a review of evidence, policy, practice and opportunities for the future. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,  London, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. 160 pages.  Abstract.
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.
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.
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.
Lovell R (2016). Links between natural environments and obesity: evidence briefing (EIN021).

Publications by year


In Press

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
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.
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

2021

Geary RS, Wheeler B, Lovell R, Jepson R, Hunter R, Rodgers S (2021). A call to action: Improving urban green spaces to reduce health inequalities exacerbated by COVID-19. Prev Med, 145 Abstract.  Author URL.
Leonelli S, Lovell R, Wheeler B, Fleming L, Williams H (2021). From FAIR Data to Fair Data Use: Methodological Data Fairness in Health-Related Social Media Research. Big Data and Society

2020

Thompson DA, Nieuwenhuijsen M, White J, Lovell R, White M, Lyons RA, Stratton G, Akbari A, Geary R, Wheeler B, et al (2020). Green-Blue Spaces and Mental Health: a Longitudinal Data Linkage Study. International Journal for Population Data Science, 5(5).
Rodgers SE, Rowney F, Thompson D, Mizen A, White M, Lovell R, Fry R, Watkins A, Wheeler B, Akbari A, et al (2020). Is Wellbeing Associated with Time Spent in Nature?. International Journal for Population Data Science, 5(5).
de Bell S, White M, Griffiths A, Darlow A, Taylor T, Wheeler B, Lovell R (2020). Spending time in the garden is positively associated with health and wellbeing: Results from a national survey in England. Landscape and Urban Planning, 200, 103836-103836.
Husk K, Blockley K, Lovell R, Bethel A, Lang I, Byng R, Garside R (2020). What approaches to social prescribing work, for whom, and in what circumstances? a realist review. Health and Social Care in the Community, 28(2), 309-324. Abstract.

2019

Mizen A, Song J, Fry R, Akbari A, Berridge D, Parker SC, Johnson R, Lovell R, Lyons RA, Nieuwenhuijsen M, et al (2019). Longitudinal access and exposure to green-blue spaces and individual-level mental health and well-being: protocol for a longitudinal, population-wide record-linked natural experiment. BMJ Open, 9(4). Abstract.  Author URL.
Shanahan DF, Astell-Burt T, Barber EA, Brymer E, Cox DTC, Dean J, Depledge M, Fuller RA, Hartig T, Irvine KN, et al (2019). Nature-Based Interventions for Improving Health and Wellbeing: the Purpose, the People and the Outcomes. Sports (Basel), 7(6). Abstract.  Author URL.
Bell SL, Hollenbeck J, Lovell R, White M, Depledge M (2019). The shadows of risk and inequality within salutogenic coastal waters. In Foley R, Kearns R, Kistemann T, Wheeler B (Eds.) Hydrophilia Unbounded: Blue Space, Health and Place, Routledge Taylor and Francis.

2018

Song J, Fry R, Mizen A, Akbari A, Wheeler B, White J, White M, Lovell R, Parker C, Berridge D, et al (2018). Association between blue and green space availability with mental health and wellbeing. International Journal for Population Data Science, 3(4).
Flies EJ, Skelly C, Lovell R, Breed MF (2018). Cities, biodiversity and health: we need healthy urban microbiome initiatives. Cities & Health, 2, 143-150.
Lovell R, Depledge M, Maxwell S (2018). Health and the natural environment: a review of evidence, policy, practice and opportunities for the future. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,  London, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. 160 pages.  Abstract.
Husk K, Lovell R, Garside R (2018). Prescribing gardening and conservation activities for health and wellbeing in older people. Maturitas, 110, A1-A2. Author URL.
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.
Bell SL, Westley M, Lovell R, Wheeler BW (2017). Everyday green space and experienced wellbeing: the significance of wildlife encounters. Landscape Research
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.
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.

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.
Ohly H, Gentry S, Wigglesworth R, Bethel A, Lovell R, Garside R (2016). 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.
Frayling TM, Tyrrell J, Jones SE, Beaumont R, Astley CM, Lovell R, Yaghootkar H, Tuke M, Ruth KS, Freathy RM, et al (2016). Height, body mass index, and socioeconomic status: mendelian randomisation study in UK Biobank. British Medical Journal
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
Wheeler. B, Higgins S, Lovell R, White M, Alcock I, Husk K, Osborne N, Sabel C, Depledge M (2014). Beyond Greenspace: Natural Environments for Health and Wellbeing.
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.
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.
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).

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.

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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