Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature

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Friday, June 15th, 2018

Seminar: The relationship between urban greenspace and general health

Paul Brindley; Meghann Mears; Anna Jorgensen, Ravi Maheswaran

 There has been a growing body of research exploring the health benefits of greenspace. Most, however, treat all urban greenspaces as the same and does not explore distinctions between types of greenspace.

This talk presents some of the findings from the IWUN project – Improving Wellbeing Through Urban Nature (http://iwun.uk).  As one of the four work packages within the project, our approach is a quantitative, place-based analysis of population-level linkages between urban greenspace, deprivation and general health.

Employing a case study approach, we use Sheffield as a lens to explore the local variations in the geographies of urban greenspace, health and deprivation. Health data were drawn from the general health question within the 2011 UK Census of Population, which is a self-assessment of a person’s state of health.

In our presentation we will explore the health benefits associated with (1) domestic gardens; (2) landscape metrics (measures that quantify specific spatial characteristics of areas of land, i.e. exploring the configuration of space); (3) trees and areas of woodland; and (4) the differing ‘quality’ of publicly accessible urban greenspace. Our work includes innovative techniques to explore the potential of quality measures extracted from social media (including Twitter and Flickr data).

Download slides: HERE