Health and wellbeing

Our agenda for wellbeing

Access to good health and wellbeing is a human right and has been identified as one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). The UNSDG health and wellbeing agenda seeks to ensure that everyone can access the highest standards of health and health care — not just the wealthiest.

Our research aims to stimulate discussion around the very nature of health and wellbeing and what it means to communities in the UK and throughout the world. It focuses on the following areas:

Research Centres

Research on health and wellbeing is primarily led by the College of Health and Social Care and College of Life and Natural Sciences, within the Health and Social Care Research Centre and the Human Sciences Research Centre. The Nature Connectedness Research Group aims to understand people’s sense of relationship with the natural world and their improved mental wellbeing.

Our latest health and wellbeing research news

Research into our connection with nature is helping staff at UK's largest conservation charity to understand how people experience places.

Crayfish pictured in natural habitat

PCR test used to detect presence of crayfish species through water samples as it becomes harder to find creatures through conventional means.

Book cover illustration

First Steps and Foundation Derbyshire supporting new book with a healthy eating message by sending it to all Derby and Derbyshire primary schools.

Person walking or jogging through a park

More diverse activity programmes which suit individual needs are needed to enable more people to improve their health.

Picture of thoughtful child with hand raised to his mouth

Non-clinical measures to help teachers and other professionals working with children are not enabling them to catch all the detail needed to assess self-referential emotions displayed by a child.

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