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Jack is currently a Research Fellow, having recently been awarded a Wellcome Trust ISSF Pump-Priming Fellowship. Building on his PhD research, he will be developing novel methods using video technology to assess wellbeing behaviours in urban environments.

Jack's research sits at the interface of public health, behavioural science and urban research, and focuses on improving urban policy and decision making for healthy cities. He has a background in health psychology and has worked in a number of academic research roles. He has experience in a range of quantitative methods from basic inferential statistics to more complex multi-level regression modelling.

Jack has a keen interest in using natural experimental methods to evaluate the health and wellbeing impacts of urban environmental interventions. He has worked with researchers, policy makers and urban developers in multiple natural experimental research collaborations, including the EU Horizon 2020 funded GrowGreen project to evaluate the health and wellbeing impacts of nature-based solutions in cities across Europe and China (

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Evaluating the impact of urban green space interventions on physical activity and other wellbeing behaviours: developing and implementing improved natural experimental methods, The University of Manchester


Master in Science, Clinical and Health Psychology, The University of Manchester


Bachelor of Science, Psychology


Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Digital Futures
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute
  • Healthier Futures


  • Natural experiments
  • Evaluation
  • Built Environment
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Physical Activity
  • Wellbeing


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