Special Issue "Health Benefits of Nature"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2014
Dr. Mardie Townsend
School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Vic. 3125, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9251 7278
Fax: +61 3 9244 6261
Interests: the links between human health and contact with nature/natural environments; ecological/social sustainability and health; including climate change and its impacts on health; social capital and its influence on health; and building healthy housing and neighbourhoods
Over recent years, there has been a growing acknowledgement of the importance of nature and the natural environment as a determinant of human health and wellbeing. While the World Health Organization attributes more than 25% of the world’s disease burden to environmental factors, this figure really only refers to the impacts of environmental degradation – pollution, resource depletion, loss of species diversity, climate change and the like. In fact, in developed societies, the issue of environmental deprivation is at least as important as environmental degradation. Research has shown that separation from nature is implicated in declining physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing. This issue will highlight research evidence to confirm such links, as well as strategies which have been, are being or could be applied to address the problems associated with nature deprivation and/or to capitalise on human links with nature. Research papers, analytical reviews, case studies, reflections on practice (clinical or non-clinical), policy analysis and frameworks for action are solicited.
Dr. Mardie Townsend
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.
- environmental degradation
- environmental deprivation
- nature deficit disorder
- healthy parks, healthy people
- parks and health
- green spaces and health
- gardens and health
- urban planning and health
- nature-based therapy
- horticulture therapy
- animal assisted therapy
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(9), 3227-3244; doi:10.3390/ijerph9093227
Received: 25 June 2012; in revised form: 14 August 2012 / Accepted: 21 August 2012 / Published: 5 September 2012| Download PDF Full-text (524 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(12), 4615-4625; doi:10.3390/ijerph9124615
Received: 26 October 2012; in revised form: 30 November 2012 / Accepted: 30 November 2012 / Published: 10 December 2012| Download PDF Full-text (187 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Understanding Urban Green Space as a Health Resource: A Qualitative Comparison of Visit Motivation and Derived Effects among Park Users in Sheffield, UK
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(1), 417-442; doi:10.3390/ijerph10010417
Received: 3 December 2012; in revised form: 11 January 2013 / Accepted: 15 January 2013 / Published: 22 January 2013| Download PDF Full-text (292 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(3), 913-935; doi:10.3390/ijerph10030913
Received: 5 December 2012; in revised form: 6 February 2013 / Accepted: 26 February 2013 / Published: 6 March 2013| Download PDF Full-text (360 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: The Influence of Urban Natural and Built Environments on Physiological and Psychological Measures of Stress— A Pilot Study
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(4), 1250-1267; doi:10.3390/ijerph10041250
Received: 15 February 2013; in revised form: 18 March 2013 / Accepted: 18 March 2013 / Published: 26 March 2013| Download PDF Full-text (685 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(9), 4086-4103; doi:10.3390/ijerph10094086
Received: 2 August 2013; in revised form: 14 August 2013 / Accepted: 15 August 2013 / Published: 2 September 2013| Download PDF Full-text (232 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Walking for Well-Being: Are Group Walks in Certain Types of Natural Environments Better for Well-Being than Group Walks in Urban Environments?
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(11), 5603-5628; doi:10.3390/ijerph10115603
Received: 13 April 2013; in revised form: 22 September 2013 / Accepted: 18 October 2013 / Published: 29 October 2013| Download PDF Full-text (289 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: The Portrayal of Natural Environment in the Evolution of the Ecological Public Health Paradigm
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(1), 1005-1019; doi:10.3390/ijerph110101005
Received: 5 November 2013; in revised form: 19 December 2013 / Accepted: 20 December 2013 / Published: 10 January 2014| Download PDF Full-text (897 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Last update: 30 July 2013