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Mari is part of the Psychology team at UHI Inverness. Her background includes working in community settings delivering health, wellbeing, and environment initiatives.

In a previous role within NHS Shetland, wellbeing initiatives included delivery of community mental health and suicide prevention programmes which were then rolled-out to the whole of Scotland (Mental Health First Aid and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Programmes). Other community health initiatives included walking for health and GP referral to exercise schemes.

Mari has completed an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology where the research project explored the links between social identity, the coastal enviroment and health and wellbeing through the prism of coastal rowing.

More recent research includes taking a social identity approach to improving wellbeing and team functioning with NHS staff (Poster Presentation UHI Inverness 2023) and investigating the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on rural communities and sustainable behaviours. Mari is currently exploring the links between the environment, wellbeing, and sustainable behaviours in a number of research projects, as well as working with the skatepark community to explore the links between the skatepark use and wellbeing.

Mari is involved in the Green Champions Network at UHI which is working to embed sustainability and climate adaptation into the UHI community of staff and students.

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 13 - Climate Action

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