Healthy lives and well-being are important goals for sustainable development. Understanding human well-being requires considering the crucial role of the environment and ecosystems in supporting human life and the benefits we receive from nature, such as drinking water, food, fuel, materials, medicines, places for enjoyment, and their inherent value.
The effects of climate change will have significant consequences for human health and well-being through the effects of extreme weather events, the spread of infectious diseases, access to food and water and impacts on our mental health, including new conditions such as ‘eco-anxiety’. These impacts will be experienced unequally across different regions, genders, socio-economic and ethnic groups.
This cross-cutting theme considers policy and practice approaches to improve well-being at different scales (global, national, regional, local), addressing inequality through democratic governance, nature prescribing for health and the role of arts-based approaches for exploring the well-being benefits of nature.
- GOAL 1: No poverty
- GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
- GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
Related research projects
View current research projects related to Well-being theme.
Expanding the Horizons of UK Treescapes
Following the unveiling of the first four projects funded under the third and final funding call of UK Treescapes, an additional fifth project has been welcomed into the fold.
New project exploring sounds of nature on wellbeing
Dr Alice Goodenough is part of a new project undertaking innovative research exploring whether the sounds of nature can influence the mental health and wellbeing of people in care homes.