Research Fellows and Associates

Dr Charlotte Wendelboe-Nelson

Charlotte is an OPENspace Research Associate based at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. She is currently working on GroundsWell, and was previously a researcher on the “Thriving Green Spaces” project. Charlotte was previously based at Heriot-Watt University working on green space and associated co-exposures and their combined effect on health and well-being.

Find out more about Charlotte on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Dr Scott Ogletree

Scott Ogletree is a Lecturer in Landscape and Wellbeing in the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), having previously joined OPENspace as a Research Fellow in June 2021. His research focuses on the relationship between society and the natural environment. Scott works within two projects at OPENspace, “Woods In and Around Town” (WIAT2) – looking at the impact of woodlands on mental health and child development, and GroundsWell – helping gather and manage data for green and blue space interventions.

Find out more about Scott on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Prof Jenny Roe

Jenny Roe is Professor and Director of the Center for Design & Health in the School of Architecture, University of Virginia. An environmental psychologist and former head of Landscape Architecture for an international architectural practice, she writes, lectures, and consults for a wide range of academic and public audiences on human health-centered design for the built environment. She is an expert in restorative environments that support mental health including an important role for public parks and urban green space.  Her book on this subject, Restorative Cities: Urban Design for Mental Health and Wellbeing (Roe and McCay, 2021) explores a new way of designing cities that puts mental health at the forefront. She holds an Honorary Professorship in the Urban Institute, Heriot Watt University; she is an Affiliated Researcher with the Stockholm Environment Institute and Honorary OPENspace Research Fellow.


Professor Emeritus Peter Aspinall

Peter was an Associate Director at OPENspace for many years after its foundation. He was an Honorary Fellow in Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh. He was also Emeritus Professor of Environmental Studies at Heriot-Watt University.

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