Health and Environment

The CSPS Health & Environment research cluster is an inter-disciplinary platform that engages staff members and PhD candidates across different groups and departments at Wageningen University & Research. We share our research on the relationship between health and the physical environment through collaboration and joint activities to facilitate interdisciplinary debate. [

Vision and Scope

Our vision is to be a go to place for research on health and environment at WUR. We believe that the physical environment can contribute in a direct and sustainable way to improving health and quality of life.

Our mission is to understand how health is best supported by and through different physical settings, for different groups, and at different stages of the life course. The challenge is to understand the intricate ways in which health interacts with places, spaces and ecologies. Part of that challenge is to explore what forms of knowledge are privileged and which forms can be produced, by whom and how. Moreover, we examine the ways in which different types of knowledge mutually inform society, policymakers and scientists in ways that can empower and be of practical use in supporting the health of different social groups.

The cluster brings together researchers with a variety of social and environmental science backgrounds with a broad range of interests, including greening and health, healthy cities, healthy architecture, place-making practices, environmental justice, climate change and health, therapeutic landscapes, green care, community gardening, soundscapes and health, and more.

Contact us for further information or if you want to join the cluster: Marthe Derkzen (HSO, and Agnès Patuano (LSP,


The cluster engages in different activities including discussions of readings, sharing of research or papers in progress, seminars with external speakers, field visits, and so on.


Lenneke Vaandrager (HSO)

Agnes Patuano (LSP)

Karolina Doughty (GEO)

Marleen Bekker (HSO)

Beatrijs Haverkamp (PHI)

Marthe Derkzen (HSO)

Han van Dijk (SDC)

Sjerp de Vries (WENR and GEO)

Spencer Moore (HSO)

Edward Huijbens (GEO)

Mellany van Bommel (HSO)

PhD candidates

Sanne Hiemstra (HSO)

Yvette Buist (HSO)

Ibnu Budiman (HSO)

Lisa Janssen (RIVM)

Changjun Shen (GEO)

Dore Engbersen (PAP)