Academic papers

We’ve listed our academic papers in reverse chronological order (most recent first). Where possible, we’ve included a link to a website where you can read either the full paper or its abstract.

All links are to external websites; links checked December 2015.

Brookfield, K. and Mead, G. 2016. ‘Physical environments and community reintegration post stroke: qualitative insights from stroke clubs’, Disability & Society doi: 10.1080/09687599.2016.1223606

This paper is open access, so you can read it in full 

Brookfield, K., Tilley, S. and Cox, M. 2016. ‘Informal science learning for older adults’ Science Communication. doi 10.1177/1075547016655358

You can read this paper, in full, via Edinburgh Research Explorer.

Curl, A., Ward Thompson, C., Alves, S., and Aspinall, P. ‘Outdoor environmental supportiveness and older people’s quality of life: a personal projects approach’ Journal of Housing for the Elderly.

This paper is currently in press

Brookfield, K., Fitzsimons, C., Scott, I., Mead, G., Starr, J., Thin, N., Tinker, A. and Ward Thompson, C. 2015. ‘The home as enabler of more active lifestyles among older people’ Building Research & Information. doi: 10.1080/09613218.2015.1045702

This paper is open access, so you can read it in full

Curl, A., Ward Thompson, C., and Aspinall, P. 2015. ‘The effectiveness of ‘shared space’ residential street interventions on self-reported activity levels and quality of life for older people’ Landscape and Urban Planning, 139, pp. 117-125. doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.02.019

This paper is open access, so you can read it in full

Curl, A., Thompson, C. W., Aspinall, P., and Ormerod, M. 2015. ‘Developing an audit checklist to assess outdoor falls risk’ Proceedings of the ICE: Urban Design and Planning. doi:10.1680/udap.14.00056

This paper is restricted to journal subscribers, but you can read the abstract online

Ward Thompson, C., Aspinall, P. and Roe, J. 2014. ‘Access to Green Space in Disadvantaged Urban Communities: Evidence of salutogenic effects based on biomarker and self-report measures of wellbeing’ Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences 153, pp. 10-22. doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.10.036

This paper is restricted to journal subscribers, but you can read the abstract online

Unt, A-L, Travlou, P. and Bell, S. 2014. ‘Blank Space: Exploring the Sublime Qualities of Urban Wilderness at the Former Fishing Harbour in Tallinn, Estonia’ Landscape Research 39(3), pp. 267-286. doi:10.1080/01426397.2012.742046

This paper is restricted to journal subscribers, but you can read the abstract online

Silveirinha de Oliveira, E., Aspinall, P., Briggs, A., Cummins, C., Leyland, A. H., Mitchell, R., Roe, J. and Ward Thompson, C. 2013. ‘How effective is the Forestry Commission Scotland’s woodland improvement programme Woods In and Around Towns (WIAT) at improving psychological well-being in deprived urban communities? A quasi-experimental study’ BMJ Open 3:8. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003648

This paper is open access, so you can read it in full

Ward Thompson, C., Roe, J. and Aspinall, P. 2013. ‘Woodland improvements in deprived urban communities: What impact do they have on people’s activities and quality of life?’ Landscape and Urban Planning 118, pp. 79-89. doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2013.02.001

This paper is restricted to journal subscribers, but you can read the abstract online

Ward Thompson, C., Curl, A., Aspinall, P., Alves, S., and Zuin, A. 2013. ‘Do changes to the local street environment alter behaviour and quality of life of older adults? The ‘DIY Streets’ intervention’ British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48 (13), pp. 1059-1065. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2012-091718

This paper is open access, so you can read it in full

Roe, J., Ward Thompson, C., Aspinall, P., Brewer, M., Duff, E., Miller, D., Mitchell, R. and Clow, A. 2013. ‘Green Space and Stress: Evidence from Cortisol Measures in Deprived Urban Communities’ International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 10 (9), pp. 4086-4103. doi:10.3390/ijerph10094086

This paper is open access, so you can read it in full

Ward Thompson, C. 2013. ‘Activity, exercise and the planning and design of outdoor spaces’ Journal of Environmental Psychology 34, pp. 79-96. doi:10.1016/j.jenvp.2013.01.003

This paper is restricted to journal subscribers, but you can read the abstract online

Ward Thompson, C., Roe, J., Aspinall, P., Mitchell, R., Clow, A. and Miller, D. 2012. ‘More green space is linked to less stress in deprived communities: Evidence from salivary cortisol patterns’ Landscape and Urban Planning 105, pp. 221-229. doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2011.12.015

This paper is restricted to journal subscribers, but you can read the abstract online

Ward Thompson, C. and Aspinall, P. 2011. ‘Natural environments and their impact on activity, health and quality of life’. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being 3 (3), pp 230-260. doi:10.1111/j.1758-0854.2011.01053.x

This paper is restricted to journal subscribers, but you can read the abstract online

Roe, J. and Aspinall, P. 2011. ‘The restorative benefits of walking in urban and rural settings in adults with good and poor mental health’ Health and Place 17(1) pp. 103-113. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2010.09.003

This paper is restricted to journal subscribers, but you can read the abstract online

Aspinall, P.A, Ward Thompson, C., Alves, S., Sugiyama, T., Vickers, A. and Brice, R. 2010. ‘Preference and relative importance for environmental attributes of neighbourhood open space in older people Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 37(6), pp. 1022–1039.
doi:10.1068/b36024

This paper is restricted to journal subscribers, but you can read the abstract online

Millington, C., Ward Thompson, C., Rowe, D., Aspinall, P., Fitzsimons, C., Nelson, N. and Mutrie, N. 2009. ‘Development of the Scottish Walkability Assessment Tool (SWAT)’ Health and Place 15(2), pp. 474-481. doi:10.1016/jhealthplace.2008.09.007

This paper is restricted to journal subscribers, but you can read the abstract online

Sugiyama, T., Ward Thompson, C. and Alves, S. 2009. ‘Associations between neighborhood open space attributes and quality of life for older people in Britain’ Environment and Behavior 41(1), pp. 3-21. doi:10.1177/0013916507311688

This paper is restricted to journal subscribers, but you can read the abstract online

Bell, S., Montarzino, A., Aspinall, P., Peneze, Z. and Nikodemus, O. 2009. ‘Rural society, social inclusion and landscape change in Central and Eastern Europe: A case study of Latvia’ Sociologia Ruralis 49(3) pp. 295-326. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9523.2009.00480.x

This paper is restricted to journal subscribers, but you can read the abstract online

Travlou, P., Eubanks Owens, P., Ward Thompson, C. and Maxwell, L. 2008. ‘Place mapping with teenagers: locating their territories and documenting their experience of the public realm’
Children’s Geographies 6(3), pp. 309–326. doi:10.1080/14733280802184039

This paper is restricted to journal subscribers, but you can read the abstract online

Alves, S., Aspinall, P., Ward Thompson, C., Sugiyama, T., Brice, R. and Vickers, A. 2008. ‘Preferences of Older People for Environmental Attributes of Local Parks: The Use of Choice-Based Conjoint Analysis’ Facilities 26 (11/ 12), 433-453. doi:10.1108/02632770810895705 Selected to be republished in Social Marketing, by SAGE Publications Ltd, February 2013.

This paper is restricted to journal subscribers, but you can read the abstract online

Ward Thompson, C., Aspinall, P. and Montarzino, A. 2008. ‘The childhood factor: Adult visits to green places and the significance of childhood experience’ Environment and Behavior 40 (1) pp. 111-143. doi:10.1177/0013916507300119

This paper is restricted to journal subscribers, but you can read the abstract online

Sugiyama, T. and Ward Thompson, C. 2007. ‘Older people’s health, outdoor activity and supportiveness of neighbourhood environments’ Landscape and Urban Planning 83, 168–175. doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2007.04.002

This paper is restricted to journal subscribers, but you can read the abstract online