Environmental Health Behaviour Lab


Osvaldo Santos

EnviHeB Lab is composed by a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, sociologists, nutritionists, biologists, science communication experts and statisticians. Research is focused on the promotion of human behaviour and habits that enhance health, including adequate chronic disease self-management, and/or that protect sustainable physical, chemical, biological, psychosocial and/or built environments.

Main goals of EnviHeB Lab are: i) To create and systematize evidence about prevalence, determinants and effects of health- and environmental-related behaviors/habits; ii) To identify determinants of behavioral/ habitudinal transition(s) from pathogenic to salutogenic behaviours/ habits, and vice-versa; iii) To develop and assess the impact of environmental contexts on health-related behaviours.

Special focus are given to digital and health care environments. Patient safety, patient-clinician relationship/ communication, and therapeutic adherence are key objects of study in this lab.

The underlaying paradigm of EnviHeB Lab is the Planetary Health, which means that human-animal and human-multilayer-environment interconnections are studied with a focus on sustainable health-promoting environment.


Behavioural changes made by citizens and companies play a roughly equal role in reducing emissions in the Net‐Zero Emissions by 2050 Scenario. Most changes in road transport and energy‐saving in homes would depend on individuals, whereas the private sector has the primary role in reducing energy demand in commercial buildings and pursuing materials efficiency in manufacturing.


Net Zero by 2050 - A roadmap for the Global Energy Sector, May 2021
Internacional Energy Agency

Municipal Strategies for Health

EnviHeB is involved in the development of Municipal Strategies for Health of Almada, Cascais, Mafra and Odivelas.


FOODCLIC - Integrated urban food policies | Funded by Horizon Europe

PARC - European partnership for the assessment of risks from chemicals | Funded by Horizon Europe

HBM4EU - European human biomonitoring initiative | Funded by Horizon 2020

SM-COVID19 - Mental health in times of COVID-19 | Funded by FCT

REACT-COVID - Survey on the effects of COVID-19 lockdown on diet and physical exercise | Funded by DGS

IN-HALE - Indoor expose to heat and adaptation attitudes in the elderly | Funded by FCT

OPS - Cascais observatory for health promotion | Funded by Cascais Municipality

PANORAMIx - Public heAlth moNitOring pRogram of a wAste Management Incineration | Funded by Valorsul

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ACTIFOeiras - Physical activity barometer | Funded by Oeiras Municipality

INDEPT - Nutritional counselling as adjuvant in the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder | Funded by FCT

Team members