The Role and Value of Urban Forests and Green Infrastructure in Promoting Human Health and Wellbeing

  • Giuseppe CarrusEmail author
  • Payam Dadvand
  • Giovanni Sanesi
Part of the Future City book series (FUCI, volume 7)

Overview of the State-of-the-Art

Research from many different disciplines – including environmental psychology, urban forestry, human ecology, human geography, landscape architecture, and environmental epidemiology – has consistently highlighted the tendency of human beings to prefer scenes and settings where there is a substantial presence of natural elements, such as plants, trees and water (e.g., Purcell et al. 2001; Van den Berg et al. 2007). According to a shared view in the scientific community, such a preference can be explained through an evolutionary mechanism, which has selected the human capacity of appreciating those elements in their life settings that make an environment more suitable for survival, providing food, shelter from predators, and better survival conditions, in general. This vision has come to be known as the “biophilia hypothesis” (e.g., Kellert and Wilson 1993).

In the last two decades, with an increasing emphasis on the potential benefits of people-nature...


Subjective Wellbeing Green Space Urban Forest Green Infrastructure Community Garden 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giuseppe Carrus
    • 1
    Email author
  • Payam Dadvand
    • 2
  • Giovanni Sanesi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EducationRoma Tre UniversityRomeItaly
  2. 2.ISGlobal, Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL)BarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Department of Agricultural and Environmental ScienceUniversity of BariBariItaly

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