Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature


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Birch, J. (2017) Connecting with nature in the city is more than visiting ‘green space’, Society Matters, Nov 1, 2017,

Birch, J., Rishbeth, C. & Payne, S. (2020) Nature doesn’t judge you – how urban nature supports young people’s mental health and wellbeing in a diverse UK city. Health and Place

Brindley, P, Cameron, R.W, Ersoy, E, Jorgensen, A, Maheswaran, R. (2019), Is more always better? Exploring field survey and social media indicators of quality of urban greenspace, in relation to health,Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 39, 2019, Pages 45-54, ISSN 1618-8667,

Brindley, P., Jorgensen, A., & Maheswaran, R. (2018), Domestic gardens and self-reported health: a national population study, International Journal of Health Geographics,

Cameron RWF, Brindley P, Mears M, McEwan K, Ferguson F, Sheffield D, Jorgensen A, Riley J, Goodrick J, Ballard L & Richardson M (2020) Where the wild things are! Do urban green spaces with greater avian biodiversity promote more positive emotions in humans?. Urban Ecosystems.

Dempsey, N. (2020) Measuring the gap between rhetoric and practice: examining urban green space interventions post-implementation, in N. Dempsey and J. Dobson (eds) Naturally challenged: contested perceptions and practices in urban green spaces, Springer, Basel, pp. 167-187.

Dempsey, N. and Dobson, J. (2020) (eds) Naturally challenged: contested perceptions and practices in urban green spaces, Springer, Basel.

Dobson J, (2018). From contest to context: urban green space and public policy. People, Place and Policy Online, 12 (2), 72-83, 14 December 2018, DOI: 10.3351/ppp.2018.3824435278

Dobson J, Birch J, Brindley P, Henneberry J, McEwan K, Mears M, Richardson M & Jorgensen A (2021) The magic of the mundane: The vulnerable web of connections between urban nature and wellbeing. Cities, 108, 102989-102989.

Dobson, J, & Dempsey, N.. (2019) Working out what works: The role of tacit knowledge where urban greenspace research, policy and practice intersect. Sustainability 11(18), 5029. DOI: 10.3390/su11185029

Dobson, J. & Dempsey, N. (2018). Beyond ‘green is good’ – the policy and practice dilemmas of urban nature and human wellbeing. Town & Country Planning, December 2018, 514-518.

Dobson, J. and Dempsey, N. (2020) Mind the gap: does what we know about greenspace and wellbeing change what we do?, in N. Dempsey and J. Dobson (eds) Naturally challenged: contested perceptions and practices in urban green spaces, Springer, Basel, pp. 143-163.

Dobson, J., (2018) Green spaces help combat loneliness – but they demand investment, The Conversation, October 23, 2018 12.38pm BST,

Dobson, J., and Dempsey, N. (2021). Known but not done: how logics of inaction limit the benefits of urban green spaces. Landscape Research,

Dobson, J., Birch, J., Brindley, P., Henneberry, J., McEwan, K., Mears, M., Richardson, M., and Jorgensen, A. (2021).The magic of the mundane: the vulnerable web of connections between urban nature and wellbeing. Cities, vol 108, January 2021.

Erhan, L, Ndubuaku, M, Ferrara, E, Richardson, M, Sheffield, D, Ferguson, F.J. Brindley, P & Liotta, A. (2019). Analysing objective and subjective data in social sciences: Implications for Smart Cities. IEEE Access. PP. 1-1. 10.1109/ACCESS.2019.2897217

Henneberry, J., (2018) How the neoliberal obsession with valuing nature changes our understanding of it, The Conversation, December 3, 2018 4.43pm GMT,

McEwan K, Richardson M, Sheffield D, Ferguson FJ & Brindley P (2021) Assessing the feasibility of public engagement in a smartphone app to improve well-being through nature connection. PsyEcology 12:1, 45-75.

McEwan, K., Cameron, R., Ferguson, F. & Richardson. M. (2020). The good things in urban nature: A thematic framework for optimising urban planning for nature connectedness. Landscape & Urban Planning.

McEwan, K., Richardson, M., Brindley, P., Sheffield, D., Tait, C., Johnson, S., Sutch, H., Ferguson, F.J.; Shmapped: development of an app to record and promote the well-being benefits of noticing urban nature, Translational Behavioral Medicine, , ibz027,

McEwan, K., Richardson, M., Sheffield, D., Ferguson, F. J., & Brindley, P. (2019). A smartphone app for improving mental health through connecting with urban nature. International journal of environmental research and public health, 16(18), 3373.;

Mears M, Brindley P, Barrows P, Richardson M & Maheswaran R (2021) Mapping urban greenspace use from mobile phone GPS data. PLoS ONE, 16(7).

Mears M, Brindley P, Baxter I, Maheswaran R & Jorgensen A (2020) Neighbourhood greenspace influences on childhood obesity in Sheffield, UK. Pediatric Obesity.

Mears M, Brindley P, Jorgensen A & Maheswaran R (2020) Population-level linkages between urban greenspace and health inequality : the case for using multiple indicators of neighbourhood greenspace. Health & Place.

Mears M, Brindley P, Jorgensen A, Ersoy E, Maheswaran R (2019) Greenspace spatial characteristics and human health in an urban environment : an epidemiological study using landscape metrics in Sheffield, UK Ecological Indicators 106: 105464

Mears M, Brindley P, Maheswaran R, Jorgensen A (2019) Understanding the socioeconomic equity of publicly accessible greenspace distribution: The example of Sheffield, UK Geoforum 103: 126-137

Mears, M.; Brindley, P. (2020) Measuring Urban Greenspace Distribution Equity: The Importance of Appropriate Methodological Approaches. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2019, 8, 286.

Rishbeth, C. and Birch, J. (2021) Urban nature and transnational lives. Population Space and Place, 27(4), online first, doi: 10.1002/psp.2416

Policy and Practice Briefs

Five principles for policymaking

What Policymakers need to know

What Planners and Local Government Policymakers need to know 

What Greenspace Managers need to know

What Healthcare Professionals need to know 

What Voluntary and Community Groups need to know

Supporting People with Mental Health Difficulties – How Urban Nature can help

Supporting Young People’s Mental Health – How Urban Nature can help

Supporting People’s Mental Wellbeing Through Urban Nature – Challenging Inequalities


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