Special Issue "Investigating Urban Gardening as a Public Health Strategy"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 April 2021).
In 2018, the special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change declared that we have a decade left to address the risks associated with "unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”. The report emphasised that “rapid and far-reaching” adaptation was required in cities to address sustainable development. Andersson et al. (2014: 451) contended that urbanisation, specifically around engagement in green spaces, may offer policy solutions because “cities could become laboratories where management strategies and governance structures for ecosystem stewardship are tested and evaluated”. One of these strategies is urban gardening activities (such as communities, alotments, schools, hospitals, and home gardens), which provide a way of re-imagining cities. For instance, community gardening is associated with revitalising and transforming urban areas by increasing green spaces; increasing safety; enhancing environmental sustainability, community pride, and social connectedness; and empowering individuals. Although there are potential public health implications of urban gardening activities, these have not been translated into significant political and practical change. Therefore, the aim of this Special Issue is to highlight the social, economic, cultural, political, health, and wellbeing implications, impacts, and outcomes of urban gardening activities. By highlighting these outcomes, this Special Issue will be used to shine a light on the significance of urban gardening activities/settings to inform and influence policy and practice globally. This Special Issue invites researchers of any discipline that focus on urban gardening, including but not exlusive to urban planning/agriculture, social science, public health, and environmental science.
Dr. Jonathan Kingsley
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- Urban agriculture
- Urban gardening
- Urban farming
- Public health
- Planetary health
- Social determinants of health
- Environmental determinants of health