Greener Cities

Studies in high-income countries have indicated that exposure to natural environments, such as green spaces, can have important health benefits. This project focuses on five key themes: pregnancy and perinatal health; child health and educational attainment; adult mental health and chronic disease risk; health service use and healthcare costs; and green space preferences and outdoor recreation among seniors.

Studies in high-income countries have indicated that exposure to natural environments, such as green spaces, can have important health benefits. UOW research and other research done in Australia suggests that greener neighbourhoods promote better mental wellbeing and a lower risk of obesity in childhood, and more physically active adults with lower levels of stress, lower weight and better health and educational outcomes.

There is no doubt that green space is good for us.  This project will provide a systematic analysis of flow-on benefits across the human life cycle.  It will look at our neighbourhood on a larger scale to find out exactly how our surrounds influence our health. It will explore which features of the built environment support healthy lifestyle choices and which features impede these choices. 

This project is developed through the Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) and in partnership with UOW’s PowerLab at the School of Health and Society, Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, and Global Challenges.

 

The team

The investigator team is composed of early/mid-career researchers through to highly experienced scientists with demonstrable impacts on knowledge and decision-making in Australia. 

Dr. Xiaoqi Feng - Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
A/Prof. Thomas Astell-Burt - Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Prof. Leonard Arnolda - Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute
Prof. Tony Okely - Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Prof. Alison Jones - Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
Prof. David Steel - Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
Prof. Simon Eckermann - Faculty of Business and Law
Prof. Bin Jalaludin - South Western Sydney Local Health District
A/Prof. Ping Yu - Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
Dr. Dylan Cliff - Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Dr. Stewart Vella - Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Dr. Chris Brennan-Horley - Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

 

This project is working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing   Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.   Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals