This book aims to understand how the wellbeing benefits of urban green space (UGS) are analysed and valued and why they are interpreted and translated into action or inaction, into 'success' and/or 'failure'. The provision, care and use of natural landscapes in urban settings (e.g. parks, woodland, nature reserves, riverbanks) are under-researched in academia and under-resourced in practice. Our growing knowledge of the benefits of natural urban spaces for wellbeing contrasts with asset management approaches in practice that view public green spaces as liabilities. Why is there a mismatch between what we know about urban green space and what we do in practice? What makes some UGS more 'successful' than others? And who decides on this measure of 'success' and how is this constituted? This book sets out to answer these and related questions by exploring a range of approaches to designing, planning and managing different natural landscapes in urban settings.
About the Author
Dr Nicola Dempsey is Senior Lecturer based in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on place-keeping which conceptualizes the design, planning and management of places as an ongoing and dynamic process. Dr. Dempsey's recent research on the Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature (IWUN) project identified green space interventions which boost the health and wellbeing of urban residents. Her research is underpinned by the need for long-term 'post-occupancy evaluation' of everyday urban landscapes. Her work has been recently published in the books: Marketization in Local Government, Staging Urban Landscapes and Public Space Design and Social Cohesion as well as in journals including Journal of Environmental Management, Landscape Research, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening and the International Journal of Public Sector Management. Dr Julian Dobson is director of the research consultancy Urban Pollinators, based in Sheffield, UK. He was also a member of the IWUN team at the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield. He was previously founding editor of the community regeneration journal New Start. His research interests focus on the development and care of equitable and environmentally sustainable places, and he is currently involved in a range of projects on urban green spaces and their management and governance. Dr Dobson is author of How to Save our Town Centres (Policy Press) and co-editor of Urban Crisis, Urban Hope (Anthem, in press). Recent research articles have appeared in journals including Sustainability, Voluntary Sector Review, and Environmental Science and Policy.