WISE builds on fifteen years' research into how the built environment (at all scales from buildings to whole cities) affects the wellbeing, mental health and quality of life of residents and other users. The unit focuses on the social aspects of sustainability. Several large projects have been undertaken for funding organisations including the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Wellcome Trust, Department of Health and the Housing Corporation. Consultancy work has also been conducted for practitioners in the fields of development, housing and health care. The unit attaches particular importance to cross-disciplinary working, generation of relevant, practical guidance and wide dissemination to professional and user groups (through books, papers, workshops, leaflets and design checklists). The unit is one of three academic research centres forming the EPSRC EQUAL (Extending Quality Life) I’DGO (Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors) Consortium.

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4th November 2010, 1.00pm-2.00pm, Seminar: Where have all the flowers gone? Investigating the influence of gardens and other residential outdoor space on older people's wellbeing, Dr Lynne Mitchell.

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