Links between environment and well-being to be explored

Links between environment and well-being to be explored

The relationship between the environment and a person’s sense of well-being will be explored at a two day workshop beginning in Aberdeen today (Tuesday March 30).

Academics from across the UK will gather for the event which is hosted by the University of Aberdeen.

It takes place as part of ongoing research led by the University, examining the links between a person’s love of nature, sense of well being, and the likelihood they will act in an environmentally friendly way.

It is hoped the Behaviour for Well-being, Environment and Life (BeWEL) project will pave the way for new understandings of how to encourage sustainable behaviour.

Twenty PhD students and researchers working in social, natural and medical sciences will be involved in the workshop, which will feature presentations from experts conducting the University research.

Attendees will debate and discuss latest thinking around the relationship between well-being, and nature. It is hoped future collaborations in this area of research will be fostered by the event.

University of Aberdeen Research Fellow Louise Reid who is working on the Behaviour for Well-being, Environment and Life (BeWEL) project said: “The aim of the BeWEL project is to further understanding of the factors which influence people to undertake behaviour which has a positive impact on the environment.

“Developing a clearer picture of these influences will be beneficial towards informing future policy-making around the global issue of climate change.

“The two day workshop will support our research by bringing together early career researchers working in the area of environment and well-being. The aim is to encourage debate around the latest thinking in these fields of research, and potentially instigate new collaborative working.”

The Interdisciplinarity in environment and well-being research’: an early career researcher workshop takes place today and tomorrow (Wednesday March 31).

For more information on the BeWEL project visit