Dr Ruth Garside is a social science researcher specialising in systematic review and evidence synthesis.

Dr Garside has over 15 years’ experience using quantitative and qualitative research methods in investigating a range of health and social care questions.

Ruth uses a broad range of evidence to investigate complex public health issues and has a particular interest in methods of synthesis for qualitative research.

Her role at the European Centre of Environment and Human Health is to coordinate evidence synthesis across the streams of research and to help develop these methods within environment and human health. Her own focus is on appraising health benefits from the environment.

In BlueHealth, Ruth is leading work on synthesising existing evidence on the relationships between urban blue spaces and the benefits to health and wellbeing.