Wellbeing challenges for green infrastructure in the densifying city

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The health and wellbeing benefits of urban green space are indisputable. Yet how these benefits can be attenuated by the consequences of climate change and urban densification – crowding, heatwaves, air pollution, traffic noise and so on– remains poorly understood. Through application of smart technologies, physical data collection, qualitative and observational research, this innovative project will derive a deeper understanding of the diverse health-associated aspects of urban space. Analysis of this rich dataset will enable development of an evidence-based model to explain how ambient physical and experiential attributes of place interact, thereby informing urban planning and design.

The candidate will have a demonstrated track record in cutting edge research and/or practice across the built environment disciplines of urban planning, sustainability and landscape architecture. In addition, the candidate will evince a clear understanding of the relationship between the built environment and human physical and mental health and wellbeing. Acknowledging the importance of big data and informatics to both health and urbanism, and the growing capacity of UNSW in this space, we propose to establish an advisory ‘reference group’ to provide relevant specialist support for the project supervisory team and candidate.  Membership will encompass Plus Alliance partners at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, as well as locally based experts in healthy built environments (all well known to the supervisory team). 

 

Supervisory team
Paul
Osmond

Built Environment
Built Environment
Susan
Thompson

Built Environment
Built Environment
Linda
Corkery

Built Environment
Built Environment
p.osmond@unsw.edu.au