Author Archives: benedictwheeler

Outdoor natural environments: An active space for the older adult?

This is a joint posting from Beyond Greenspace and the Ageing & Physical Activity blog. Selected slides from the seminar are available to download – linked from the presenters’ names below. On 1st July, we held a seminar titled Outdoor natural environments: An active space for the older adult?  This was our 6th event in the series “More of […]

Seminar 1st July, London:Outdoor natural environments: An active space for the older adult?

As part of our ESRC-funded seminar series “More of the same is not enough”: New Directions in Ageing and Physical Activity, we’re holding a seminar in London on 1st July 2016 on natural environments and older people’s physical activity. The seminar is free to attend, but registration is essential – you can register here. The seminar […]

Ecological study – the Census

Beyond greenspace: an ecological study of population general health and indicators of natural environment type and quality This study was published in the International Journal of Health Geographics and is available open access here. For small areas across Britain (each containing about 1500 people), we calculated indicators of: The % of land covered by various […]

What Accounts for ‘England’s green and pleasant land’?

What accounts for ‘England’s green and pleasant land’? A panel data analysis of mental health and land cover types in rural England This study was published here in Landscape and Urban Planning. The point of this piece of work was to investigate links between health and the natural environment in rural areas. Since rural areas […]

Beyond Greenspace – Findings and a Film

We’ve recently published two key papers from the Beyond Greenspace project. As part of the project we also made a short film to discuss what the project is about, and the wider context in which it sits. Grab some popcorn and watch the film, then have a read about some of the key findings from […]

Beyond Greenspace in Merseyside

Ben Wheeler, Becca Lovell and guest blogger Dr Karyn Morrissey, University of Liverpool We recently had a great opportunity to spend a morning together with a wide range of people and organisations, mostly from the Merseyside area, at a workshop organised by the Heseltine Institute for Public Policy and Practice Fresh Thinking Series. At the […]

A few updates from the Beyond Greenspace team

We’ve not blogged for a while, but have been busily working away on our analyses and writing up the findings of the Beyond Greenspace project. We’ll post key findings here as soon as they’re peer-reviewed and published. While we’re doing that, here are a few updates on our activities that might be of interest… Stakeholder […]

Beyond Greenspace – Understanding Society Podcast

The folks at Understanding Society have produced a podcast where we discuss the Beyond Greenspace project and related work, especially as it relates to our work on the British Household Panel Survey and Understanding Society – kudos due to Mat White and Ian Alcock for leading on these aspects of the research. You can listen […]

Coastal proximity and health: A moving target as climate changes?

This latest blog post is from Dr Mat White, who leads much of the work at the European Centre on how our coastal environments might support good health and wellbeing Mat writes… I’ve never been a huge fan of New Year’s Eve. I love life and somehow it always reminds me of time slipping away, […]

Green cities provide a mental health boost that lasts

Here’s a recent blog post republished from The Conversation from one of our team members, Dr Ian Alcock. Our related ‘Beyond Greenspace’ analysis using the British Household Panel Survey is in progress… Green cities provide a mental health boost that lasts By Ian Alcock, University of Exeter It’s been established that enjoying green spaces in […]