Mathew White

Speech title:
The psychological benefits of aquatic environments: 10 years of the Blue Gym project


Mat White completed his PhD in Social Psychology at Sheffield University in 2004 examining public trust in risk managers and communicators. His post-doc work focused on looking at the determinants of subjective wellbeing where he became increasingly interested in the relatively under-researched role of natural environments.

For the last 10 years he has worked at the multidisciplinary European Centre for Environment & Human Health leading the Blue Gym team, exploring the health and wellbeing effects of contact with marine and inland waters.

Recent/ongoing projects he is involved in include the EU funded BlueHealth ( 14 EU countries plus, USA, Australia, Canada & China) and Seas Oceans and Public Health in Europe ( 14 EU Countries) projects, as well as the Global Challenges Research Funded Blue Communities ( Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia).