Investigation of associations between green space, health and mortality in population cohorts

Yorkshire & HumberGeneric Health Relevance
Start Date: 1 Jan 2014

Project summary

This project will investigate associations between green space, health and mortality using the South Yorkshire Cohort and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Longitudinal Study. There is an increasing number of studies investigating the association between green space and health but few have examined long term outcomes. Whilst some studies have attracted widespread media coverage and are widely quoted in support of the link between green space and health, there are several limitations to the existing database. Very few cohort studies have investigated links between green space and mortality

Applications are open to this White Rose Studentship Network, which uniquely brings together five university partners (Sheffield, Leeds, York, Sheffield Hallam and Bradford), with the Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR), in a network of five doctoral studentships with cross-university co-supervision. The studentship is one of five within a White Rose Studentship Network awarded as part of the CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber. 

The network builds on two major established cohorts in relatively deprived Yorkshire populations: the Born in Bradford family cohort study (BiB), which is linked to the Healthy Children, Healthy Families Theme in the CLAHRC for Yorkshire & Humber (2014-18), and the South Yorkshire Cohort (SYC) which is linked to several themes, including Public Health & Inequalities. 

Project Objectives

The objectives of the studentship are: to establish measures of exposure to green space that can be calculated using existing and routine data sources; link green space measures to the South Yorkshire Cohort in order to investigate associations with body mass index, physical activity and chronic disease prevalence; and link green space exposure measures to the ONS Longitudinal Study to examine associations with subsequent mortality by cause. 

Prof Elizabeth Goyder