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Book launch webinar - Naturally Challenged

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Book launch! Naturally Challenged: Contested Perceptions and Practices in Urban Green Spaces, edited by Nicola Dempsey and Julian Dobson

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We all know about the multiple benefits that urban green spaces have for health and wellbeing, culture and identity, biodiversity and a sense of place. But there is still a significant gap between what we know and what we do. 

Despite the political rhetoric and planning strategies which make well-meaning and eloquent statements about the importance of urban green space, why is this seldom followed up by meaningful action? 

Naturally Challenged aims to reveal how the wellbeing benefits of urban nature are analysed and valued and why they are interpreted and translated into action or inaction. The chapter authors examine the misalignments between how we think of urban nature, the evidence we gather, the conclusions we draw from the evidence, and what we then do in terms of policy and practice.

This book launch will be on Zoom (details to follow). There will be an opportunity to download chapters from the book for free at this launch!

Speakers include:

-Dr Nicola Dempsey, Senior Lecturer in Landscape Planning, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Sheffield.

- Dr Julian Dobson, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University.

- Dr Helen Hoyle, Senior Lecturer in Healthy Built Environments, Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, UWE Bristol. 

- Dr Meredith Whitten, Research Fellow, Department of Geography & Environment, London School of Economics & Political Science

- Dr Sarah Bradshaw, Professor of Gender and Sustainable Development, Middlesex University London

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