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Melissa Marselle is a Career Development Research Fellow in the School of Arts & Media at the University of Salford. She works on socially responsible design research projects within the Design Against Crime Solution Centre to apply rigorous social science research and innovative 'design thinking' to deliver human-centred, design-led solutions to societal challenges such as crime, and urban wellbeing.
Melissa is an environmental psychologist focusing on people-environment relationships. She applies a human-centered perspective to multi-disciplinary research projects in order to understand the effect of natural and built environments on people’s well-being and behaviour. Her research focus on people-environment relationships has been applied to the design-led crime prevention in Manchester City Centre; evacuation of the WTC on September 11, 2001; and the well-being effects from group walks in nature. Her work on the use of environmental psychology to design safer Manchester city centre was profiled in Wired UK magazine.
With over academic 10 years research experience, Melissa has a strong research record in design against crime, and the use of nature for public health. Her paper “Examining Group Walks in Nature and Multiple Aspects of Well-being: A large scale study” is the most read article in the journal Ecopsychology.
Her doctoral research was the first national evaluation of the psychological well-being from taking part in Walking for Health group walks. The Walking for Health programme is led by Macmillian Cancer Support and The Ramblers.
Melissa is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. She is a visiting researcher at The James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland.