Ecological and Psychological Value of Urban Green Space

Part of the Future City book series (FUCI, volume 2)


In urban environments, perhaps more so than in any other setting, people and nature must coexist in close, and sometimes uncomfortable, proximity. With half of the world’s human population living in cities and a continued decline of biodiversity in the wider landscape, urban nature plays an increasingly important role in creating cities that are both ecologically and socially sustainable. However, understanding the value of urban green spaces as a resource requires an integration of several, rarely overlapping, approaches to evaluating and managing these places.


Green Space Urban Landscape Impervious Surface Urban Green Space Bird Species Richness 
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We are grateful for generous assistance, discussion and/or comments from P. Armsworth, K. Baker, C. Bernardini, S. Herbert, P. Johnson, K. Kirwan, G. Mill, J. Vulliamy, R. Wall, and S. Warber, as well as to all the participants who gave of their time. Ordnance Survey kindly provided MasterMap data under license to the CityForm consortium. K.J.G. holds a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development, De Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK
  2. 2.The Ecology CentreUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.formerly Department of Animal and Plant SciencesUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  4. the School of Environment and Development and Manchester School of ArchitectureManchester UniversityManchesterUK
  5. 5.Dr Foster Research; formerly Department of Animal and Plant SciencesUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  6. 6.Manchester Architecture Research Centre, School of Environment and DevelopmentUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK
  7. 7.formerly Department of Animal and Plant SciencesUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  8. 8.Department of Animal and Plant SciencesUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  9. 9.Department of Civil and Building EngineeringLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK
  10. 10.Institute of Energy and Sustainable DevelopmentDe Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK
  11. 11.Biodiversity & Macroecology Group, Department of Animal and Plant SciencesUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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