Urban Mind with the Canal & River Trust

Citizen Science Research

Urban Mind & the Canal & River Trust are collaborating on a nation-wide citizen science project exploring the mental health benefits of spending time beside water.

The Urban Mind app is a user-friendly way for individuals and communities to influence urban planning and design from their lived experience.

This is the largest citizen science project the Canal & River Trust has ever undertaken to record the benefits of spending time beside water.


People aged 16+ can take part by simply downloading the FREE app from Google Play or Apple Stores.

The Canal & River Trust study can be accessed by entering the password ‘WATER’ when asked to ‘join the private study if you have a code’.

All data will be anonymous and contribute to a study of environment and wellbeing.

Research Ambassadors

We are now recruiting Urban Mind Ambassadors to help deliver this grass-roots research within the community. Ambassadors will lead on recruitment in their neighbourhood and provide support to citizen scientists as they participate in this study. The results will be used to help us plan and design healthier towns and cities.

Ambassadors will receive; technical training on the Urban Mind research app; training and support on recruiting citizen scientists; £120.00 honorarium.

Each Ambassador must recruit x10 citizen scientists; provide basic technical support to citizen scientists if/when needed; motivate citizen scientists to keep involved across the x2 week study and help disseminate the research results once analysed. Ambassadors will receive regular support from the Urban Mind team throughout the research period.

Ambassador Briefing

Ambassador briefing session are taking place online via Zoom. If you would like to become an Ambassador, please joining one of the upcoming sessions, which all share the same link and ID:

Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7359489170

Meeting ID: 735 948 9170

March 24th 2021 — 5:00pm GMT

March 30th 2021 — 5:00pm GMT

April 6th 2021 — 5:00pm GMT

April 13th 2021 — 5:00pm GMT

Citizen Scientist will need to be 16+ years, have access to their own smartphone device and be happy to answer x3 short questionaries each day, over a x2 week period.

Their participation will be voluntary and anonymous.