World Health Organisation (WHO) Urban Green Spaces and Health: A Review of the Evidence. World Health Organisation (2016).
Green health describes the effect of the outdoors and nature settings (e.g. urban parks, woodlands, gardens, national parks) on health and wellbeing.
Stress regulation: with colleagues from the Universities of Edinburgh (lead), Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, we’re exploring how improvements to urban woodlands can impact on subjective wellbeing and stress levels of people living near woods in deprived urban communities in Central Scotland. Funded by the UK’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) the project is evaluating the effect of a specific Scottish initiative, the Forestry Commission woodlands improvement programme – Woods In and Around Towns (WIAT). You can read about the protocol for this novel longitudinal study here.
Green Health in Scotland: the results of our study for the Scottish Government on Green Health have recently been published here and includes some novel research using cortisol as a biomarker of stress to explore relationships between health and the environment. You can read a short report that Jenny wrote for Scottish Policy Now about green space and anxiety here and the full academic paper here.
Cities, Green Space and Mental Wellbeing, Environmental Science Oxford Research Encyclopaedias. Environmental Science (2016). DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199389414.013.93.
Understanding Relationships between Health, Ethnicity, Place and the Role of Urban Green Space in Deprived Urban Communities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2016). Volume 13(7). http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph13070681.