Author(s): Catharine Ward Thompson
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.
"An interesting read for landscape designers and academics alike." - Housing Studies Journal "This is an interesting and thought provoking addition to the literature on health and the built environment which not only details some new ways of approaching research in this area but also provides a comprehensive summary of the evidence so far and possible future direction for new work... I feel better informed and even inspired from reading it." - Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning
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.