Nicola Douglas-Smith

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My main research interests are in the areas of Health, Social and Environmental Psychology. My research projects span from learning environments, mainly in Higher Education, to care home environments for people living with dementia. I am particularly interested in the benefits of engaging with elements of nature. 

I have a keen interest in utilising creative methods in research and I am keen to develop my knowledge and skills in the use of creative methods for both data collection and research dissemination. 

Current research activities

My current research projects are focused on exploring higher education teaching and learning workspaces and how these have changed since the social restrictions associated with COVID-19. This work is in collaboration with Dr Amanda Simpson, Dr Dina Sidhva and Dr Kalia Kaparounaki. 

I'm also supporting a number of dissertation and PhD students covering the following topics:
- caregivers experience during Covid-19
- vaccine hesitancy
- exploring the concept learning for sustainability
- nature and animal based interventions for student wellbeing
- various projects exploring aspects of mindfulness.

I am open to collaborating on new projects, and seek out projects which involve creative methods and that are aligned with my research interests in environmental, health and social psychology. 


Target collaborative organisations

Higher Education Providers

Further Education Providers 


Care Home Providers

Local Authorities 

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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