Dr Heli Gittins




I am course director for the MSc in Environmental and Business Management and module co-ordinator for DDL-4201 Social Issues in Forest Management, DXX-4524 Strategic Environmental Management and DXX-4525 Green Technologies. I regularly contribute to the postgraduate modules Urban Forestry, Business Planning in a Green Economy and  supervise postgraduate dissertation projects.




My research interests include interactions between the natural environment, human health and and wellbeing as well as socio-geographic dimensions of greenspace use and access. My cross-disciplinary PhD between the School of Natural Sciences and the School of Psychology, in partnerhsip with The Woodland Trust, examined the benefits of woodland activity programme provision on personal wellbeing and investigated barriers and enablers to woodland access and use.




Conference Papers

  • 'Tree Sense', Bangor University, Gwynedd. Multimedia exhibition, March - May '23
  • Public Health Wales Annual Conference, Cardiff, Oct. '19
  • ‘Making Space for Nature’, Royal Geography Society, London, Aug ‘19
  • ‘Health psychology methods’, British Psychological Society Health Psychology Conference, Manchester, July ‘19
  • ‘Nature Connections’ Conference, Derby, July ‘19
  • ‘Let’s Get Moving North Wales’ conference on physical activity, Bangor, Jan ‘19
  • Woodland Trust Research Student Network Symposium, Grantham, Sept ‘18
  • ‘Geographies of Happiness,’ Royal Geography Society RGS-IBG, Cardiff, Aug 2018
  • ‘In-Situ and mobile methodologies in Geographies of Health and Wellbeing’, RGS Hack Day, July ‘18
  • ‘Trees and Wellbeing’ Research Day, Oxford Brookes, May ‘18


Professional Affiliations

Higher Education Academy - Fellow

Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment – Practitioner Member

Royal Geography Society - Postgraduate Fellow



I am course director for the Masters in Environmental and Business Management and teach on both environmental management and forestry modules. My research area is intersections between the natural environment, human health and wellbeing and socio-geographic dimensions of access to greenspace. Prior to teaching I worked at on two knowledge transfer projects at Bangor University - a sustainable business project and a land use and climate change change project.


Rydw i’n siarad Cymraeg  (wedi dysgu) / I speak Welsh (experienced learner)

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