About Us

The Centre for Research on Environment Society and Health (CRESH) is a virtual centre joining scientists from the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland.  Our research is focused on exploring how physical and social environments can influence population health, for better and for worse.

We are particularly interested in how aspects of the natural and built environment can work to improve health. We see this research as being vital in an age when policy makers struggle with the apparently intractable problems of encouraging people to be healthier and of tackling health inequalities between more and less advantaged populations. Our team has extensive experience in researching how key characteristics of the environment can positively and negatively affect health behaviours and related outcomes. Our research is published in the leading international medicine, public health and social sciences journals and has been supported by a range of national funding bodies, charities as well as national and local government organisations.

The Centre’s aim is to contribute to a healthier population and environment through policy-related research that explores connections between the two

We do this by researching

  • how social and physical environments can help keep people healthy
  • how social and physical environments can harm people



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