- Room 002, 7 Portland Villas, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA
Lecturer in Adult Nursing
School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health & Human Sciences)
As a lecturer in Adult Nursing, my role entails teaching on public health and research modules as well as engaging in research to foster a rich learning environment where teaching is underpinned by evidence.
BSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
PgDip Contemporary Healthcare (Education)
My nursing experience derives from practising in three different countries: Sweden, Canada and the UK. Initially my main area of interest was female healthcare; I have worked in two different gynaecology wards, one female health clinic and at a Labour and Delivery unit as an obstetric nurse. Upon arrival in the UK I completed a BSc in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, which led to a post within the school nursing service. From there I branched out to work within sexual health, based at the Chlamydia Screening Office.
I am currently undertaking doctorate research on nature-based health promotion in public health practice. This builds on previous research related to outdoor health promotion and physical activity linked to learning in natural environments, as a measurement to prevent childhood obesity and tackle health inequalities.
Nursing and Midwifery Council
Royal College of Nursing
Nature-based Health Promotion
Public Health/Health Inequalities
Current policy directives highlight public health priorities such as child obesity, sedentary behaviour and a disconnection between people and nature, with a push towards reducing health inequalities. My doctorate research focuses on the use of natural environments as a resource for upstream health promotion interventions for populations. I am currently undertaking a Systematic Review to explore how nature-based interventions can be used to promote health, which will inform my subsequent study. I plan to employ a participatory action research approach to engage public health professionals in research about how nature-based health promotion can be incorporated into their practice.
My current study builds on previous research on the link between learning outside in natural environment and health. In 2013 I was awarded an SNAM Alumni Clinical Research Grant which enabled me to conduct a cross-sectional partnership research project between health, education and environment: ‘Woodland Health for Youth (WHY): an evaluation of physical health benefits derived from outdoor learning in natural environments (LINE) for school-age children'. An extended action research project funded through Good from Woods: ‘A qualitative study of the physical health benefits and well-being outcomes associated with outdoor learning in natural environments(LINE) for year 2 school children’ built on the WHY project to collate qualitative evidence of children’s experience of outdoor learning. Subsequent research on a project called 'Mapping and measuring healthy outcomes in Learning in the Natural Environment (LINE)' was funded through the Institute of Health and Community. This led to the development of an evaluation toolkit for schools to use to measure healthy outcomes associated with outdoor learning.
Grants & contracts
SNAM Alumni Clinical Research Grant with matched funding by Plymouth Green Infrastructure Team/Stepping Stones to Nature, Plymouth City Council (2013 – 2014) to explore the physical health benefits derived from outdoor learning in natural environments (LINE) for school-age children
Good from Woods (Silvanus Trust and Plymouth University (Outdoor and Experiential Learning Network, Faculty of Education),2014) funded action research project exploring the well-being outcomes of outdoor learning in natural environments (LINE) in a local primary school
Institute of Health Community Pump Priming (2015) funding for Mapping and measuring health outcomes in Learning in the Natural Environment project
Jones, R., Young, K.,Munro, J., Miller, H., Brelsford, S., Aronsson, J., Goodman, B. and Peters, J.(2017) ‘Including the online feedback site, Patient Opinion, in the nursingcurriculum: Exploratory study’, NurseEducation Today, 57, pp.40-46.
Aronsson, J. (2016) ‘Transformative sustainability learning within the undergraduate nursing curriculum’, The Community Practitioner, 89(1), pp. 20-21.
Aronsson, J., Waite, S. and Tighe Clark, M. (2015) 'Measuring the impact of outdoor learning on the physical activity of school age children: The use of accelerometry', Education and Health, 33(3), pp. 57-62.
Aronsson, J. (2013) 'How can SCPHN/school nurses contribute to the sustainability agenda?', Community Practitioner, 86(7), pp. 38-40.
O’Brien, L., Ambrose-Oji, B., Waite, S.,Aronsson, J. and Clark, M. (2016) ‘Learning on the move: Green exercise forchildren and young people’ in Barton, J., Bragg, R., Wood, C. and Pretty, J.(eds.) Green Exercise: Linking Nature, Health and Well-being. Abingdon:Routledge.
Aronsson, J., Tighe Clark, M. and Waite, S. (2014) Woodland Health for Youth (WHY): an evaluation of physical health benefits derived from outdoor learning in natural environments (LINE) for school-age children. Available at: http://www.lotc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Woodland-Health-for-Youth-WHY-project-report.pdf
Aronsson, J. and Wright, N. (2014) A qualitative study of the physical health benefits and well-being outcomes associated with outdoor learning in natural environments (LINE) for year 2 school children. Available at: http://www.goodfromwoods.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/MayflowersummaryFINAL-no-pics.pdf
Sharman, J. and Aronsson,J. (2018) Poster: ‘Accessing Unrban Greenspaces for Health and Wellbeing’, Celebrating and Developing CommunityEngagement, Devonport Guildhall, Plymouth, UK.
Waite, S. and Aronsson, J. (2015) ‘Natural Connections – TowardsNaturally Healthy Schools for Children’European Conference on EducationalResearch (ECER). Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary.
Aronsson, J. and Wright, N. (2015) ‘Woodland Health for Youth’,Walkingthe Talk conference, Plymouth University, Plymouth , UK.
Sharman, J. and Aronsson, J. (2014) ‘Stepping Stones to Nature’, HealthyPlaces Matter - Peninsula Public Health Network 8th Annual Conference,Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, UK
Tighe, M., Waite, S. and Aronsson, J. (2013) ‘Health by stealth:Improving Child Health through Outdoor Learning’, Growing Plymouth’sHealth and Wealth through the Natural Environment, Hamoaze House, Plymouth,UK