Dr Helen Hoyle

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  • Qualifications:BA (hons), MA, PhD
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in Healthy Built environments
  • Department:FET - Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Telephone:+4411732 86374
  • Email:Helen.Hoyle@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I have expertise in research at the intersection of nature and human wellbeing, informing policy and practice to prioritise human wellbeing, biodiversity and sustainability in the context of a changing climate. I aim to identify synergies and tensions between these priorities in planning, designing, and managing urban green infrastructure for diverse stakeholders and communities. I believe passionately in the need to work closely with policy makers, practitioners, and communities, the people juggling these priorities on the ground in real places. A theme running through all my work has been a focus on stakeholder perceptions and values.

Area of expertise

I use integrative inter-disciplinary approaches drawn from environmental psychology, urban ecology, sociology and cultural geography. As a landscape architect I believe strongly in the importance of design for diverse urban publics rather than for design elites, and aim to reconcile human aesthetic preferences, well-being and ecological objectives.

Current projects include:

The 'Futureproofing Luton' project: Co-producing an educational air quality arboretum-meadow on a disused mini-golf site. Working with diverse partners including a local primary school, and the Landscape Institute, this internally-funded UWE project is significant in its aspiration to contribute to greater environmental equity and to foster nature-connectedness amongst local children.

Physical activity in different natural environments: Investigating the motivations, perceptions and wellbeing benefits in collaboration with parkrun UK, Stevenage parkrun, Barking parkrun and Fell foot parkrun.

Portishead Community Garden: Co-producing health and wellbeing through green and social prescribing. Working with Portishead medical group and diverse local partners. 


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