Blog Posts

Poverty, Ethnicity, and Mental Health in Children
Health equity is one of those “wicked problems.” We want to solve it, but it’s bound up tightly with other problems: namely, poverty and ethnicity.
Posted in , 11th April, 2019
Walking in nature and the city – a study on emotive responses in the elderly
Restorative environments don’t demand a lot of mental effort but do capture our sense of curiosity and interest in an effortless way.
Posted in , 25th March, 2019
Youth friendly and healthy cities?
Did you know that 30% of 16-24 year-olds report that they never visit a local park?
Posted in , 13th March, 2019
Building on the Francis effect
This autumn I become my own study in human adaptation, as I moved across the Atlantic to America to become the Professor in Design and Health at the Architecture School, University of Virginia.
Posted in , 20th October, 2015
Navigating the world with sight loss
It has been suggested the human eye is the most important sensory organ in our body, with 80% of all the impressions on our senses coming from the eye.
Posted in , 17th February, 2015
Meetings – of hope – at Maggie’s
The diagnosis of a potentially life threatening illness is catastrophic news for the individual and their family and friends.
Posted in , 25th February, 2014
Hopeful green stuff
A child said, What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands; How could I answer the child?
Posted in , 4th February, 2014
A room with a view?
The research implications, for the design of our neighbourhood communities, and the workplace, is huge.
Posted in , 21st January, 2014
The worrying taste of inner city stress
I’ve been fortunate most of my life to have access to a garden or a nearby park ... time to simply sit, contemplate and de-stress.
Posted in , 17th September, 2013
Special hospital wards for teenagers
More teenagers than children are admitted to hospital, but how many hospitals do you know that offer dedicated teenager wards?
Posted in , 17th July, 2013