Research Interests

Focussing on evidence-based research and applied design investigations, my research goals are to study and better understand the complex interrelationships between ecosystem services and human health & well-being in order to find solutions or alternatives within the planning and design of green structures and green spaces which support sustainable futures.

My current research analyses on the eco-spatial characteristics of peri-urban green spaces and their effects on environmental quality and human health, in particular the expanded ecosystem services provided by green infrastructure. This research examines the contribution to urban ecosystems made by green infrastructure within the context of the fragmented landscapes inherent in peri-urban regions. I developed a unique methodology to analyse and attach human well-being value (psychological, socio-cultural and physical benefits) to the spatial and ecological qualities of those green spaces, such as their size, shape, edge, transparency, greenness, facilities, safety, etc. in order that these considerations are better understood and regarded in the design and decision making process.

My future research interests, thus, is to explore the role of landscape architecture and design strategies in supporting urban sustainability to improve environmental quality and human health & well-being through both the direct and indirect ecosystem services of green infrastructure.

The socio-ecological approach found within landscapes of affordances encourages

researchers and designers to think about complex landscape-individual processes in

relational terms. In doing so, my continued research will add not only to environment behaviour studies but spatial planning and design as well – creating physically, psychologically and socially meaningful descriptions of the environments in which we live and interact.

Design and Teaching Interests

My pedagogical passion is grounded in ecological-based urbanism which is

interdisciplinary and uses diverse frameworks for understanding built and natural

morphologies, both functional and spatial-based.

The landscape is a socio-ecological, hybrid environment and is the organising factor

within design.  A deep understanding of ecology (human and natural) and systems processes within mediation and morphological intervention is required.

As a result of understanding “landscape" both as a physical reality and as a

representation of that reality, my methods emphasise the role of different representational

techniques as productive tools for data analysis and inquiry into issues of design agency,

interpretation and identity. I am interested in the representation of the material, cultural,

and transient qualities of place as they reveal spatial potentials and inform future

projective capacities.

Landscape Ecology and the Conception of Socio-Ecological Systems

Green Infrastructure Planning and Methodologies

Performance Landscapes - Ecosystem Services

Environmental Psychology, Cultural Geography, Urban Ecology