Welcome to OPENspace…

An international research centre, based in the Universities of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt, contributing new evidence on why inclusive access to the outdoors matters.

We are a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team, bringing together experts in landscape architecture, environmental psychology, human geography, forestry. quality of life measures and design for all ages and abilities.

Addressing the full spectrum of open space environments – from city parks and squares to remote rural landscapes – our work informs policy on health and wellbeing, social inclusion, countryside access and sustainable urban development.

We focus on the benefits to be gained from getting outdoors and the barriers currently experienced by different users, particularly those from disadvantaged groups.

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Link to a blog post about our new MSc in Landscape and Wellbeing
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Latest News

The Surprising Benefits of Blue Spaces

The Surprising Benefits of Blue Spaces

Dr Simon Bell receives ECLAS Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr Simon Bell receives ECLAS Lifetime Achievement Award

Great lectureship opportunity to contribute research-led teaching in Landscape and Wellbeing as part of University of Edinburgh, ESALA and OPENspace

Great lectureship opportunity to contribute research-led teaching in Landscape and Wellbeing as part of University of Edinburgh, ESALA and OPENspace

Nature, Health and Well-being CPD course at the University of Exeter

Join Us for our Spring 2021/2022 Seminar Series!

Urban Blue Spaces, a new book with contributions by OPENspace’s Simon Bell, is to be launched in October of 2021.

Welcome to Scott Ogletree joining OPENspace research centre to study how improving urban woodlands can enhance community well-being.

Welcome to researchers Caroline Pearce and Sara Tilley to our Advanced Care Research Centre project on the Person-in-Context.

Welcome to Charlotte Wendelboe-Nelson, with us for over a year now, working on Thriving Green Spaces and an exciting new project soon to be announced!

Dr. Simon Bell – Research Papers

Prof Catharine Ward Thompson- ” Mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic” – Research Paper

Dr. Victoria Lee- “At the Window: How we ‘use’it and what bugs us”-Seminar Series

Dr. Mathew White- “Blue landscapes, Health and well-being”- Seminar Series

Dr. Anne Templeton- ” Physical crowds and psychological crowds”-Seminar Series

Rolf Roscher- “Analeptic Landscape”- Seminar Series

Dr Ryan Woolrych- ” You really do become invisible”-Seminar Series

Dr. Bell online seminar 3rd March, 2021

Recruiting for a Research Fellow for ACRC

New project starting: Lifecourse of Place

New book by Simon Bell, “Place, Pedagogy and Play: Participation, Design and Research with Children”

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