My contributing research is a core element of the NERC/ESRC/AHRC £760,000 project GHIA, part of national research programme “Valuing Nature” with PI Prof Sarah Lindley, Geography UoM. I was a key designer of the bid and I sit on the Research Management Committee for the project.
Green infrastructure, including blue (water-based) and green public space, can directly and indirectly influence health and wellbeing.
However, access to health and wellbeing benefits is not shared equally amongst the population, particularly in urban areas. People aged 65 and over are most likely to suffer from poor health, yet this group may be the least likely to benefit from green infrastructure (GI).
Through the GHIA project, researchers with a range of academic specialisms work with project partners from Greater Manchester to investigate the value of urban GI in connection with the health and wellbeing of older people.
The project aims to understand the benefits and values of urban GI for older people and how GI attributes, interventions and specific ‘greening projects’ can be best used to support healthy ageing in urban areas.
This includes consideration of how GI can be designed, enhanced, managed and promoted to support its use as part of preventative and restorative therapies and other health and wellbeing related activities. Older people are involved as co-producers of the research to better understand thoughts, experiences and values that are associated with green and blue spaces.
I lead the research around co-research and participatory arts and heritage practice in green and blue spaces (GI) with Prof Chris Phillipson (Sociology, UoM). I also lead the research impact and policy work-package.