Melissa Marselle

Dr Melissa Marselle

Research Fellow


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-centred perspective to multi-disciplinary research projects in order to understand the effect of natural and built environments on people’s well-being and behaviour.

With over 10 years’ academic research experience, Melissa has a strong research record in design against crime, and the use of nature for public health. A few of her previous research projects investigated design-led crime prevention in Manchester City Centre; the evacuation of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001; and the well-being effects from group walks in nature. Her work to design a safer Manchester city centre was profiled in Wired UK magazine. 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 of individuals who take part in Walking for Health group-led health walks. Walking for Health programme is run by Macmillan Cancer Support and The Ramblers.

Melissa is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, and a member of the International Association of Applied Psychologists. She is a visiting researcher at The James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland.


Postgraduate dissertations related to the research interests below are welcomed.

Research Interests

As an environmental psychologist, Melissa’s research interests centre on human-environment interaction – how the use and design of space influences human behaviour and emotions. Within the lens of human-environment interaction, Melissa’s research interests are:

  • Human-environment interaction: Phenomenological experience of environments
  • Nature and Health – the use of natural environments for human health and well-being
  • Walking and well-being – the well-being benefits of green exercise
  • Restorative environments
  • Design Against Crime – the use and design of places, products and services to prevent crime and insecurity
  • Socially Responsible Design
  • Behaviour change
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD Environmental Psychology (De Montfort University, 2014)
MSc Environmental Psychology with distinction (University of Surrey, 2004)
BA Psychology with cum laude honours (Oregon State University, USA, 2003)
Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol since 2014)
Member of the International Association of Applied Psychologists (IAAP)


Marselle, M.R., Irvine, K.N., Lorenzo-Arribas, A., & Warber, S.L. (submitted). Does perceived restorativeness mediate the associations between perceived naturalness, biodiversity, and walk characteristics on emotional well-being following an outdoor group walk? Journal of Environmental Psychology.

Wilson, C. & Marselle, M.R (submitted). Can the Behaviour Change Wheel be used to define, characterise and design interventions focused on energy consumption? Energy Policy.

Warber, S.L., DeHudy, A.A., Bialko, M.F., Marselle, M.R. & Irvine, K.N. (in press). Addressing Nature-Deficit Disorder: A mixed methods pilot study of young adults attending a wilderness camp. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Marselle, M.R., Irvine, K.N., Lorenzo-Arribas, A., & Warber, S.L. (2015). Moving beyond green: Exploring the relationship of environment type and indicators of perceived environmental quality on emotional wellbeing following group walks. Health Benefits of Nature [Special issue]. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(1), 106-130. doi:10.3390/ijerph120100106

Marselle, M.R., Irvine, K. N., & Warber, S. L. (2014). Examining group walks in nature and multiple aspects of well-being: A large scale study. Ecopsychology and Public Health [Special issue]. Ecopsychology, 6 (3), 134-147. doi:10.1089/eco.2014.0027

Marselle, M.R., Irvine, K.N., & Warber, S.L. (2013). Walking for well-being: Are group walks in certain types of natural environments better for well-being than group walks in urban environments? Health Benefits of Nature [Special issue]. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 10, 5603-5628. doi:10.3390/ijerph10115603

Davies, W.J.  Adams, M.D., Bruce, N.S., Cain, R., Carlyle, A., Cusack, P., Hall, D., Hume, K.I., Irwin, A., Jennings, P., Marselle, M., Plack, C.J., & Poxon, J. (2013). Perception of soundscapes: An interdisciplinary approach. Applied Acoustics, 74 (2), 224-231.

Davey, C.L., Wootton, A.B., & Marselle, M. (2012). Engaging young people in designing against crime. Swedish Design Research Journal, 1, 29-38.
Marselle, M., Wootton, A.B., & Hamilton, M.G. (2012). Designing out violence in the night-time economy: Evaluation of a pedestrianisation intervention. Security Journal, 25 (2), 116-133.
Greenall, P. & Marselle, M. (2007). Traumatic research: Interviewing survivors of 9/11. The Psychologist, 20(9), 544-546.

Galea, E. R., Shields, J., Canter, D., Boyce, K., Day, R., Hulse, L., Siddiqui, A., Summerfield, L., Marselle, M., & Greenall, P. V. (2006). Methodologies employed in the collection, retrieval and storage of human factors information derived from first hand accounts of survivors of the WTC disaster of 11 September 2001. Journal of Applied Fire Science, Vol. 15(4), 253-276.


Davey, C.L., Wootton, A.B., & Marselle, M. (2016). ProtectED: Valuing the safety, security and wellbeing of University students. International Perspectives of Crime Prevention 8. Contributions from the 20th International Forum 2015 within the German Congress on Crime Prevention. Forum Verlag Godesberg GmbH.

Davey, C.L., Wootton, A.B., & Marselle, M. (2013). Youth Design Against Crime: Enabling youth-led innovation in crime prevention. In M. Coester and E. Marks (Eds.) International Perspectives of Crime Prevention 5. Contributions from the 6th International Forum 2012 within the German Congress on Crime Prevention. Forum Verlag Godesberg GmbH, 29-52. Available from:

Davey, C.L., Wootton, A.B., & Marselle, M. (2011). Youth Design Against Crime: A catalyst for change amongst young people. Proceedings from the 9th International European Academy of Design Conference, Portugal 2011.

Wootton, A.B., Marselle, M. & Davey, C.L. (2009). City Centre Crime: Design thinking for safer city centres. Proceedings from the 8th European Academy of Design Conference, Aberdeen.
Wootton, A.B. & Marselle, M. (2008). City Centre Crime: Cooling crime hotspots by design. Papers from the British Criminology Conference: An Online Journal by the British Society of Criminology, 8, 187-204.


Behrmann, D., Schroder, A., Davey, C.L., Marselle, M., Wootton, A.B., Floegl, H., Mann, T., Stummvoll, G., Sikora, A., Silewicz, D., & Szraijber, A. (2010).  Initial Report:  Information about the EU project Planning Urban Security.  Hanover, Germany: Landeskriminalamt Niedersachsen.
Wootton, A.B., Marselle, M., Davey, C.L., Armitage, R. & Monchuk, L. (2009). National Police Crime Prevention Service: Implementation Planning Research Project Final Report.  Salford: Design Against Crime Solution Centre.

Marselle, M. & Wootton, A.B. (2008). City Centre Crime final report: Design Interventions. Salford: Design Against Crime Solution Centre.


Marselle, M. (2014). Growing resilience through interaction with nature. Unpublished PhD thesis. Leicester: De Montfort University.