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Innovative Approaches to Researching Landscape and Health

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Our modern lifestyles often cause us to spend more time sitting behind a desk than being active outdoors. At the same time, our general health is deteriorating. The alarming rise in obesity, sedentary lifestyles and mental ill-health across the developed world has resulted in an urgent desire to understand how the environment, in particular the outdoor environment, influences health. The environment has always had an impact on individuals' health -- but whereas in previous centuries the main factors were disease and pollution, nowadays our wellbeing is affected by having moved to mainly indoor lifestyles and the luxury of door-to-door transport. In order to further understand the relationships between landscape, lifestyles and health, this book addresses innovative new statistical methods and questions how future research can be better targeted to inform policy and practice in health promotion. The contributing authors are international experts in researching landscape, health and the environment, drawn together by OPENspace directors who have a unique reputation in this area. This pioneering book is a valuable resource for postgraduate researchers and practitioners in both environmental and health studies.

Author Biography

Catharine Ward Thompson is Research Professor of Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh. She is Director of OPENspace based at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot-Watt University and directs the College's Landscape Architecture PhD programme. Peter Aspinall is Associate Director of OPENspace Research Centre and is an environmental psychologist. He is currently an Honorary Fellow of Edinburgh University and Emeritus Professor of Vision and Environment at Heriot-Watt University. Simon Bell is Associate Director of OPENspace Research Centre, Edinburgh College of Art and a forester and landscape architect. He is also Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu, Estonia.
Release date Australia
April 19th, 2010
Edited by Catharine Ward Thompson Edited by Peter J. Aspinall Edited by Simon Bell
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
39 Line drawings, black and white; 88 Halftones, black and white
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