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Space for people and nature

This month is the second in a series of three meetings focused on 'places'  and we turned to green spaces in cities and the way in which they can be designed to benefit people's health, bring communities together and have a positive effect on the environment.

Our first expert witness was Professor Catharine Ward Thompson, Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) at the University of Edinburgh. She is also Director of the OPENspace research centre, an international research centre based in the Universities of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt which is contributing new evidence on why inclusive access to the outdoors matters.

She was joined by Laurie Parma, a researcher based in the Policy Research Group in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge who is co-leading a Cambridge Conservation Initiative funded project to investigate the relationship between biodiversity and wellbeing.

Our final witness was Professor Matthew Gandy from the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge. He is an urbanist who writes about cities, landscapes and nature with particular interests in landscape, infrastructure, and more recently biodiversity.

To find out more about this theme or the meetings, please e-mail Dr Rosamunde Almond ().

 

An international research centre, based in the Universities of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt, contributing new evidence on why inclusive access to the outdoors matters.

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