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Health and Environment

Health and Environment

Health Research at the Leeds Sustainability Institute

The Health and Behaviour team at the LSI develops and applies health psychology behavioural insights to understand and improve health and wellbeing and to change sustainability behaviour such as energy use and transport choices. We use a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods to explore, understand and model behaviour and to develop and to evaluate behavioural change interventions. We use this research to make recommendations for how programmes, services and strategies could be changed to improve health and wellbeing and how the built environment could be changed to encourage health-promoting behaviours. Examples of our work include:

  • Building energy efficiency with Green Deal (DECC);
  • Developing a measure of housing-related quality of life (Leeds City Council);
  • Facilitating community trail use (Scottish Forestry Commission);
  • Developing effective interventions for speeding motorists (DfT);
  • Developing a health and work service with GPs (DWP);
  • Designing health services around patient needs (NHS Leeds);
  • Understanding citizens’ beliefs about data sharing between the NHS and Local Authority (Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board);
  • Developing an intervention to increase safe road user behaviour (Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service).

Our Team

Dr Fiona Fylan, Reader in Psychology, is part of the LSI team.

Visiting Professor Patricia Aloise-Young from Colorado State University is also currently working with the LSI.

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