Dr Eric Brymer
About Dr Eric Brymer
Eric specialises in outdoor and adventure sports with a particular focus on the health benefits of being in nature and the psychology of extreme sports. He is a reader in outdoor and adventure studies and currently holds an Adjunct position at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Eric’s research focuses on the two major interrelated issues confronting societies today: concern for the health and wellbeing of populations and the state of the natural environment. He specialises in researching the reciprocal wellbeing benefits of the human-nature relationship. Projects include investigating the psychological health benefits of nature-based experiences, understanding how the relationship between human beings and nature benefits wellbeing and learning for pro-conservation and pro-sustainability behaviours.
There is increasing realisation that all sorts of experiences in nature benefit health and wellbeing. Internationally, governments and health promoters are recognising that nature might be a cost effective way of promoting good health and as such they are incorporating nature into their policy and planning frameworks. However, despite this there is still a limited understanding of how nature benefits health and wellbeing and for whom. The research strategy is specifically designed to answer these questions and provide guidance for individuals and policy makers.