Welcome to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit in Environmental Change and Health (HPRU ECH).
The aim of this HPRU is to enable health decisions makers to have the knowledge, foresight and tools to mitigate, adapt to and benefit from environmental change.
We are researching the impacts of and responses to the environmental changes that affect our health. Environmental change includes climate change, land use change (including urbanisation), environmental degradation, and the loss of ecosystem services, in the UK and beyond. We will help Public Health England (PHE) to fulfil its requirements under the National Adaptation Programme and other policies on sustainable development. The HPRU will also produce research of relevance to other government departments regarding the health co-benefits of environmental policies.
Research in this HPRU is organised in three interconnected themes: