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: closed (30 April 2014)
Dr. Mardie Townsend
School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Vic. 3125, Australia
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