School of Population Health

Better Parks, Healthier for All?

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Increasing evidence affirms that green spaces can make an important contribution to preventing poor mental health and cardiometabolic diseases. The NSW, Scottish and other governments are drawing upon this evidence for major investments in ‘quality’ green space provision. However, little research has been done on which green space qualities maximise impacts on levels of, and socioeconomic inequalities in, mental ill-health and cardiometabolic diseases.

Our aims are to:

a) co-produce evidence about which qualities of green space contribute most to the prevention of poor mental health and cardiometabolic disease;

b) co-design policy and urban planning options with our Impact Advisory Group informed by the new evidence from our analyses to translate and implement our findings at scale in cities across Australia and the UK; and thereby

c) maximise the contribution of urban green spaces to preventing and equalising these noncommunicable diseases (NCD).


Research Team

  • A/Prof Xiaoqi Feng (CI, UNSW, Sydney)
  • Prof Richard Mitchell (CI, Glas, Glasgow)
  • Prof Thomas Astell-Burt (CI, UOW, Wollongong)
  • Prof Susan Thompson (CI, UNSW, Sydney)
  • Dr Brenda Lin (CI, CSIRO, Brisbane)
  • Prof Bin Jalaludin (CI, UNSW, Sydney)
  • Prof Evelyne de Leeuw (CI, UNSW, Sydney)
  • Prof Richard Fuller (CI, UQ, Brisbane)
  • Dr Jon Oslen (CI, Glas, Glasgow)
  • Dr Fiona Caryl (CI, Glas, Glasgow)
  • Prof Jill Pell (CI, Glas, Glasgow)
  • A/Prof Timothy Dobbins (AI, UNSW, Sydney)
  • Dr Melanie Anderson(AI, UNSW, Sydney)
  • Prof Glen Maberly (AI, WSLHD, Sydney)


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