PhD Inclusive Urban natures for the resilient and healthy city

Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Brussel, Belgium

apply before June 4, 2023

Tasks: IT & Programming, Planning & Design, Research

Topics: Policies and Cooperation, Public Space & Landscape, Urban Transformation

Type: Full-time

Experience required: Experienced

Language: English is sufficient

Inclusive urban natures for the resilient and healthy city


Providing novel evidence on urban nature access, preferences, perceived health benefits and usage patterns with a focus on socially vulnerable groups (children, elderly, people with disabilities) through the lens of environmental, health and climate justice, assessing access/exposure to urban green from foundational social amenities, and integrating GIS-based and field studies.

Task 3.1: Geospatial analysis of access to urban nature and related benefits among socially vulnerable groups from the perspective of foundational social amenities (e.g. schools, care home residences, healthcare centers, etc.).
Task 3.2: Analysis of potential inequities in the access/exposure to urban nature benefits by socio-economic and socio-demographic characteristics.
Task 3.3: Map-based survey on preferences, perceived health benefits (and disservices), and actual use of urban nature by socially vulnerable groups.
Task 3.4: Semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders for the identification of best practices related to inclusive urban nature projects for vulnerable groups with the potential for upscaling at the city level (also with CESIE contribution about co-creation and policy making).

Expected Results

  • Spatial patterns of access to urban nature benefits and spatially explicit knowledge on inequalities in access to urban nature benefits among socially vulnerable groups.
  • Insights into the relation between perceived health/wellbeing benefits and preferences, use and access to urban nature among vulnerable groups.
  • Best practices for inclusive urban nature-based solutions.

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