A Panel Discussion relating to the Special Issue in Landscape Research Journal

Chaired by Professor Ian Mell, University of Manchester, UK

This event has now taken place. You can watch the recording below.

LRG is hosting a panel discussion with the Guest Editor and some authors of a Special Issue of the Landscape Research Journal, exploring the theme of Rethinking the ‘Green City’ on Wednesday 13th September at 16.00 BST.

You can read the full Landscape Research Special Issue here. Becoming a member of LRG allows you access to all articles. You can join here.

Guest Editor, Professor Ian Mell, will be joined by some of the issue’s authors exploring the changing urban landscapes of both Brazil and the UK, and addresses issues of climate, well-being, and urban form via a series of papers developed following the Newton Fund supported ‘Rethinking the Green City’ workshop held in Brasilia in 2019. Each paper questions about how we locate ‘green’ ideas in praxis to promote more sustainable forms of planning and asks us to think about the choices we make when discussing socio-cultural, economic, and environmental aspects of landscape. The panel will discuss the rationale behind choosing this theme for the Journal, their thoughts around its impact and implications for the present and future urban spaces.

The participants are:

Dr Paula Barros, Federal University of Minas Gerais: Paula’s work focuses on human-environment relationships and on the role of urban design in creating more equitable, stimulating and health-giving urban public open spaces. Her research interests and activities focus on evidence-based approaches to the design of socially responsive urban open spaces. Paula’s PhD (Oxford Brookes) developed a new way of looking at the relationships between people and urban environments to give a deeper understanding of how people experience urban open spaces.

Dr Bertie Dockerill, University of Manchester: Bertie is a historian with research interests in the history of urban planning. He has worked extensively with archives to better understand the decision-making of city officials. His PhD (Liverpool, 2021) provided A Comparative Study of the Origins and Development of Municipal Housing in Liverpool and Newcastle, c.1835-1914. He currently teaches planning history and coordinates placements in the Department of Planning & Environmental Management at the University of Manchester. 

Dr Helen Hoyle, University of Sheffield: Helen is a Lecturer in Healthy Urban Landscapes in the Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Sheffield. She has expertise in research at the intersection of nature and human wellbeing, informing policy and practice to prioritise human wellbeing, biodiversity and sustainability in the context of a changing climate. Helen uses integrative interdisciplinary approaches drawn from environmental psychology, urban ecology, and cultural geography, and is currently on a NIHR-SPHR transdisciplinary placement focusing on Sensing Biodiversity: Understanding the relationships between sensory biodiversity traits, human aesthetic response and mental wellbeing in urban green spaces: https://sphr.nihr.ac.uk/trainee/helen-hoyle/

Dr Camila Sant’Anna, Federal University of Salvador: Camila is an architect with a specialisation in Landscape Architecture. She concluded her PhD at the University of Brasília (Brazil) on green infrastructure and its contribution to city landscape design. She was a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Environment, Education and Development at University of Manchester, researching “The green infrastructure as a tool of landscape planning and design“. In recent years, she has been developing a landscape planning and design process which provides an open channel for communication with students and stakeholders. She also acts as the Cultural Director at Brazilian Landscape Association (ABAP). 

Contact Emily Shakespeare for any queries regarding the event.