The success of Pokemon Go is gigantic and it is good news for health and urban design.Originally published at The Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health
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.
In the Press
Will our new understanding of the health and economic benefits of quality green space change our horizons?Originally published at Friends of the Earth
There is an urgent need to find, simple solutions for anxiety that can help on a daily basis.Originally published at Scottish Policy Now
An innovative study from Scotland suggests that you can ease brain fatigue simply by strolling through a leafy park.Originally published at New York Times
Ethnicity and children’s mental health: making the case for access to urban parks. Lancet Planetary Health (2018).
Coping with Stress in Deprived Urban Neighborhoods: What Is the Role of Green Space According to Life Stage?. Frontiers in Psychology (2017). Volume 8. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01760.
World Health Organisation (WHO) Urban Green Spaces and Health: A Review of the Evidence. World Health Organisation (2016).
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.
Mitigating Stress and Supporting Health in Deprived Urban Communities: The Importance of Green Space and the Social Environment. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2016). Volume 13(4). pp. 440. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph13040440.
Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health, a State of Knowledge Review, Summary of the State of Knowledge Review,Chapter 2 Co-Author Biodiversity, Physical and Mental Health and Cultural Ecosystem Services. World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) (2015).
Ward Thompson C, Aspinall PA & Roe, J, Access to green space in disadvantaged urban communities: evidence of salutogenic effects based on biomarker and self-report measures of wellbeing. Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences (2014). Volume 153, 16 October 2014,10–22.
Aspinall P A, Mavros P, Coyne R, Roe J, Urban Brain: Analyzing outdoor physical activity with mobile EEG. British Journal of Sports Medicine (2013). Volume 06.03.13. pp. 1-7.
Roe, J, Aspinall, P A, Coyne R and Mavros, P: Engaging the brain: the impact of natural versus urban scenes on brain activity using novel EEG methods in an experimental setting. Journal of Environmental Sciences (2013). Volume 1(2). pp. 93-10.
Ward Thompson C, Roe J, Aspinall P A, Woodland improvements in deprived urban communities: what impact do they have on people’s activities and quality of life?. Landscape and Urban Planning (2013). Volume 118. pp. 79-89. DOI:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2013.02.001.
Silveirinha de Oliveira, E, Aspinall PA, Briggs, A, Cummins, C, Leyland, AH, Mitchell R, Roe, J, Ward Thompson, C. Protocol for a quasi-experimental study: How effective is the Forestry Commission Scotland’s woodland improvement programme — ‘Woods In and Around Towns’ (WIAT) — at improving psychological wellbeing in deprived communities?. BMJ Open (2013). 3:e003648.
Roe J, Ward Thompson C, Aspinall PA, Brewer MJ, Duff E, Miller D, Mitchell R, Angela Clow, Green Space and Stress: Evidence from Cortisol Measures in Deprived Urban Communities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2013). Volume 10(9). pp. 4086-4103. DOI:10.3390/ijerph10094086.
Ward Thompson C, Roe J, Aspinall P A, Mitchell R, Clow A, Miller D. More green space is linked to less stress in deprived communities: Evidence from salivary cortisol patterns. Landscape and Urban Planning (2012). Volume 105. pp. 221-229. DOI:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2011.12.015.
Park J J., O’Brien L., Roe J, Ward Thompson C., Mitchell, R. The natural outdoors and health: assessing the value and potential contribution of secondary public data sets in the UK to current and future knowledge. Health and Place (2011). Volume 17. pp. 269-279.