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The British Academy: Frontiers of Knowledge

The British Academy is looking to fund interdisciplinary research projects on any of the following themes:

- Hazard and Risk

- Cultures of Forecasting

- Meaning of Resilience

The Academy is offering up to £200,000 of funding for projects lasting 24 months, and full details about the programme. To find out more click on the heading to visit 'The British Academy' website.

Deadline 23 October 2019 at 17.00 (UK time)

Thu 18 Jul 2019, 15:06 | Tags: Urban Resilience Data

Working with the people of Rio Branco and Sao Paulo to understand Flood Resilience in their local areas

The IGSD team visited two poor areas in Rio Branco and M’Boi Mirim (Sao Paulo) with the objective of piloting data collection methods in the two research sites of the project by talking to the local residents about their experiences of past flooding events and their perception of flood risk.

A number of agencies came together to complete the data collection, representatives from Getulio Vargas Foundation, Heidelberg University and the National Centre for Natural Disasters Monitoring and Alerts (Cemaden) were present.

Thu 11 Jul 2019, 17:19

Find out how living near green spaces affects your mental wellbeing

Professor Joao Porto de Albuquerque has collaborated in a study that was designed to examine whether the amount of greenspace within a specified radius of individuals’ homes was associated with reduced symptoms of mental distress and greater life satisfaction. The study tests the government’s current guidelines that greenspace should be available within 300 m of homes.

Individual and Household-level data were drawn from the Annual Population Survey at postcode level which includes 3 mental wellbeing measures, covering aspects of life satisfaction, sense of worth and happiness.

Greenspace data obtained from Greenspace Information for Greater London Group (GiGL) was used to calculate the amount of greenspace within a 300 m radius of individuals.

The data produce positive and statistically significant associations between the amount of greenspace and indicators of life satisfaction and worth. The results revealed that an increase in 1 ha of greenspace within 300 m of residents was associated with a statistically significant 0.803 increase in life satisfaction, 0.740 and 0.521 for worth and happiness, respectively. Therefore supporting the current guideline for the inclusion of greenspace within 300 m of homes.

Further analyses are required to investigate whether the walking (network distance), absolute size, or type of each greenspace are able to explain why separate locations within similar distances exhibit values that differ.

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