Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature


Work Package 1

A place-based analysis of population-level linkages between natural environments, health inequality, deprivation and green space usage

Aims and approach

Work package 1 takes an epidemiological approach to investigating and evidencing the relationship between urban Natural Environments and Health and Wellbeing in Sheffield, focusing especially on the links between the characteristics of urban Natural Environments and Health and Wellbeing outcomes, and the way this plays out within differing socio-economic population groups.

Our approach addresses both indirect exposure to Natural Environments (Incidental contact as part of the activities of daily living), and direct exposure (level of opportunity to visit Natural Environments, and actual visits).

Work package 1 generates the evidence base for Green Blue Infrastructure planning in Work package 4. It also informs the sampling strategy for WP2 and provides the platform for subsequent geo-referenced work in Work packages 2 & 3, and for the App that forms one of the overall project outputs.

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Anticipated outputs

  1. App platform for further development in subsequent Work packages
  2. Stakeholder briefing report profiling the relationship between the coverage, distribution and quality of Natural Environments in Sheffield and population Health and Wellbeing, deprivation and access to the Natural Environments.


Dr Meghann Mears
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Dr Paul Brindley
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Prof Ravi Maheswaran
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Dr Anna Jorgensen
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