GroundsWell: community-engaged and data-informed systems transformations of urban green and blue space for population health

Exploring how transforming cities with nature can reduce health inequalities....

It is well known that health is shaped by social and political decision-making, with poorer health outcomes often experienced amongst, for example, ethnic minorities and people who are geographically isolated or socio-economically marginalised. Research has also shown that experiences of urban nature can benefit health, particularly when accessible to all. GroundsWell is a £7.1 million Consortium that will explore how accessing parks and other natural spaces impacts these inequalities. The five-year project will consider how transforming cities with nature can reduce health inequalities, primarily around chronic and non-infectious diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and mental health.


Dr JoDr Ruth Hunter, Prof Ruth Jepson, Prof Sarah Rodgers, Dr Becca Lovell, Dr Sarah Bell, Dr Lewis Elliott, Dr Cornelia Guell, Dr Ben Wheeler, Dr Tim Taylor, and many others


Queen’s University Belfast, University of Edinburgh, University of Liverpool, University of Exeter, University of Glasgow, Cranfield University, Liverpool John Moore’s University, Lancaster University, Colorado State University, Belfast, Edinburgh and Liverpool City Councils, Public Health Agencies of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Greenspace Scotland, Scottish Forestry, Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation, Department for Infrastructure Northern Ireland, Belfast Healthy Cities, Climate Northern Ireland, Health Data Research UK, Administrative Data Research Centre, NatureScot, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Liverpool Health Partners, NIHR ARC Northwest Coast, NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, Wirral Council, the Scottish Government, Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership, HSC Research and Development Office Northern Ireland, Spotteron, Translink, Anaeko, AECOM Ltd, The Paul Hogarth Company and Moai Digital Ltd, EastSide Partnership, Ashton Centre, Regenerus, Sustrans, Cycling UK, CHANGES, The Mersey Forest