Dr Jenny van Bekkum
Jenny van Bekkum is a Daphne Jackson Fellow at The Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy, which is based in the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh. Dr Jenny van Bekkum | The University of Edinburgh
Jenny completed a PhD in Health Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, where she researched the psychological benefits of commuting by bike. This led to two first author publications as well as a booklet and a DVD which Cycling Scotland now use. After her PhD, Jenny successfully applied for a three year Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow which explored the role of public engagement within Medical Research. Jenny has four first author papers from this time.
Returning to research after a nine year career break, Jenny’s project will explore the relationship between features of our environment and health, especially for those with a pre-existing health condition. Her project will provide a better understanding of how people feel in an outdoor space.
Sponsored by Medical Research Scotland her project is entitled: A Systems Approach to Understanding the Public and Social Health Impacts of Urban Rewilding Initiatives