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University of Derby

Improving our well-being through nature

The University of Derby’s Nature Connectedness Research Group, led by Miles Richardson, Professor of Human Factors and Nature Connectedness, was the first in the country to focus on people’s sense of their relationship with the natural world, and how this can influence their wellbeing and conservation behaviours.

2018 has been a very significant year for the group, with a number of high-profile activities. The National Trust adopted their Pathways to Nature Connection research to inform visitor engagement with their four million members and 25 million visitors.

The pathways emphasise the need for a new form of relationship with nature, based on noticing nature’s beauty, positive emotions, finding meaning and showing compassion.

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