Prokalo Seminar: Global Forces, Landscape and Wellbeing, and Environmental Attitudes


  • Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 17:15 to 19:30

Our next Prokalo session will be a themed workshop looking at global forces, landscape, wellbeing and Environmental Attitudes.

Our speaker is Athina Georgiou Shippi (first year PhD in Landscape Architecture) who will be presenting her research and leading a workshop exploring these themes.

ATHINA’s RESEARCH TITLE -  Child mental wellbeing, Child environmental attitudes and Biodiversity.

Athina’s research focusses on the potential links between biodiversity, mental health and environmental attitudes in children.

From Athina: Green infrastructure offers a unique opportunity for enhancing health and wellbeing, but also positive environmental attitudes. We now acknowledge that contact with nature improves human health and especially mental wellbeing. However, how does biodiversity influence such benefits? Additionally, one’s attitudes towards environmental degradation are influenced by his/her experience with nature as a child. Low contact with nature, can lead to the “extinction of experience” which has important implications for halting biodiversity loss. How does contact with different levels of biodiversity influence such experiences?

My proposed research adopts an interdisciplinary approach to decouple wellbeing, environmental attitudes and biodiversity. I aim to investigate the implications of different levels of biodiversity in urban green spaces, for child mental wellbeing, but also child environmental attitudes, from different cultural backgrounds by comparing Scotland and Cyprus.

There will also be 2-3 5/10 minute presentations that engage with one of or several of the following themes to allow for a fruitful workshop and discussion:

- Global Forces – the internet, terrorism, or climate change

- Landscape and Wellbeing

- Biodiversity

- Mental Health

- Environmental Attitudes

We are continuing with the Rough and Ready Research ethos – this will be an informal session and we encourage little preparation, we merely ask that you bring ideas, openness and a desire to explore and discuss.

There will be the usual nibbles and refreshments.

Open to staff, students and those outside the university. 

[If you are an external attendee please wait to be collected at the main entrance to Evolution House at 5:10pm.]