Positive Places

Research and Publications

Links to our research publications investigating the benefits of parks and public open spaces for physical activity and mental health are provided below.

  1. Francis J, Giles-Corti B, Wood L, Knuiman M. Creating Sense of Community: The role of public space. Journal of Environmental Psychology. 2012;32:401-9.
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272494412000461
  2. Francis J, Wood L, Knuiman M, Giles-Corti B. Quality or Quantity? Exploring the relationship between public open space attributes and mental health in Perth, Western Australia. Social Science & Medicine 2012;74(10):1570-7.
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953612001633
  3. Sugiyama T, Francis J, Middleton N, Owen N, Giles-Corti B. Associations of Attractiveness, Size, and Proximity of Multiple Neighborhood Open Spaces with Recreational Walking. American Journal of Public Health. 2010;100(9):1752-57.
    http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2009.182006?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3dpubmed
  4. Sugiyama T, Leslie E, Giles-Corti B, Owen N. Associations of neighbourhood greenness with physical and mental health: Do walking, social coherence and local social interaction explain the relationships? Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2008;62:e9.
    http://jech.bmj.com/content/62/5/e9.abstract