On the nature of green infrastructure in relation to human health
Cities contain interconnected networks of functioning urban green spaces that conserve natural ecosystems and provide services to urban residents. Scientific understanding that green infrastructure has both positive and negative relationships in relation to human health is well established with improvements in air quality, physical, mental and social health. Only little is known about the underlying mechanisms providing these better health outcomes. How is urban nature perceived by citizens? Are there important non-visual pathways through which citizens receive better health outcomes? To answer these questions, I study the associations between mental health and green infrastructure in London.
Building on these findings, I assess the barriers and opportunities for accounting for health benefits of green infrastructure into policy instruments to better understand how nature is valued and improve the integration of scientific evidence into the policy cycle. This project is highly interdisciplinary, combining elements from several fields of interest such as ecology, epidemiology and environmental policy- and decision-making.
- Dr. Ben Milligan, University College London
- Prof. Kate Jones, University College London
- Dr. Mireille B. Toledano, Imperial College London
Maes, M. (2016). An exploration of the relationships between landscape metrics and tree diversity in urban forests. Urban Landscape Ecology: Science, Policy and Practice, 75.
|Years||Position||Institution name and location (country)|
|2016-Present||PhD Researcher||University College London|
|2015-2016||Trainee (4-month secondment||European Commission, Brussels, Belgium|
|2014-2016||Consultant||ERM (Environmental Resources Management), Brussels (Belgium) and Frankfurt am Main (Germany)|
|2013-2014||MSc (dist.) in Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Management||King’s College London, UK|
|2011-2013||MSc (dist.) in Biology (Ecology and Functional Biology)||Ghent University, Belgium|
|2008-2011||BSc (First Class Honours) in Biology||Ghent University, Belgium|