About this Research Topic
An important aspect of sustainable and regenerative urban development is to improve collective well-being standards. The United Nations endorsed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, which establishes seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet, and improve the lives and prospects of everyone and everywhere by 2030. Greening Urban Spaces have a significant impact on the living condition and public health, which are closely associated with several SDGs including good health and well-being (SDG 3), clean water and sanitation (SDG 6), industry, innovation, and infrastructure (SDG 9), and sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11). Here, the concept of One Health gains high relevance by recognizing that interconnections among humans, animals, and environment is a key issue in public health and wellbeing, that stimulates interdisciplinary collaborations to develop a more holistic understanding and effective action against public health threats.
Urban green space has been shown to benefit the mental, physical and social well-being of residents of an area in many ways. Numerous studies have shown links between green space (e.g., Quality and distribution of green space, distance from home, non-human elements diversity, etc.) and health including birth weight, Body Mass Index, mental and cardiovascular illnesses, and even mortality. This fully unveils the importance of green space in the daily life of urban residents. However, as human health and the greening urban spaces are intricately related, there is still an insufficiency of research works in this area.
Here, we propose a Research Topic that focuses on recent advances and research on theory and application of Greening Urban Spaces and Human Health. We hope that this research topic proposes the techniques, directions, strategies, and solutions to enhance the environmental sustainability of urban green space and contributing to global fair and inclusive sustainable development. We welcome original research and review articles.
Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:
• Urban green space for improving public health.
• Urban green space and disease.
• Urban green space quality and mental health.
• Sustainable and regenerative urban development based on urban green space planning.
• Application cases of greenspace intervention for healthy communities and healthy cities.
• Urban green spaces and deprived communities.
• Big data mining for improving greenspace quality.
• Qualitative approaches to urban green spaces impacts on human health.
• Challenges and opportunities associated with the urban green space and public health.
• Urbanity and living conditions of older adults in the 21st century.
• Healthy ageing in the urban settings—cross-country differences.
Keywords: Green Space, Disease, Mental Health, Public Health, Healthy Ageing
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