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Visiting Research Fellow in Environmental Psychology, University of Surrey

Emma is a visiting research fellow in environmental psychology at The University of Surrey who specialises in the benefits of natural environments to our wellbeing, particularly gardens. Emma also has a particular interest in what people perceive to be natural in the world around them - this was the subject of her doctoral thesis.

Emma is a consultant environmental psychologist and has worked on a number of projects examining the wellbeing benfits of gardens, the importance of trees, and the current literature on greenspace. At the University of Surrey, she worked on a project examining how people engaged with nature during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emma is also a qualified garden designer, garden writer and member of the Garden Media Guild.


  • 2022–present
    Visiting Research Fellow in Environnental Psychology, University of Surrey
  • 2022–present
    Consultant in Environmental Psychology, Emma White
  • 2020–2022
    Research Fellow in Environmental Psychology, University of Surrey
  • 2008–2010
    Research Officer, University of Surrey


  • 2019 
    University of Surrey, PhD Environmental Psychology
  • 2011 
    KLC School of Design, Dip (Hons) in Garden Design
  • 2008 
    University of Surrey, MSc Environmental Psychology
  • 2007 
    University of Edinburgh, BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (Psychology)


  • 2022
    Patients' Health & Well-Being in Inpatient Mental Health-Care Facilities: A Systematic Review, Frontiers in Psychiatry
  • 2021
    #Springwatch #WildMorningswithChris: Engaging With Nature via Social Media and Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Lockdown, Frontiers in Psychology
  • 2013
    Hoody, goody or buddy? How travel mode affects social perceptions in urban neighbourhoods, Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
  • 2011
    Greenery on Residential Buildings: Does it affect preferences and perceptions of beauty?, Journal of Environmental Psychology
  • 2010
    Values and sustainable lifestyles, Architectural Science Review

Professional Memberships

  • Garden Media Guild (Full Member)
  • International Association of Applied Psychology