Landscape and Human Health

Work Group Leaders:

Prof Chun-Yen Chang, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, National Taiwan University |
Po-Ju Chang, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, National Taiwan University |


People spend lots of time indoors and tend to be and unfamiliar with nature, which reduces causing to contact with green landscapes. From studies in “landscape and health”, researchers asked questions to fill the gap between theories and practical design in landscape and human health. Key questions include action plans to enhance interactions with the landsacpe, and understanding benefits, by creating greens and vivid environment that reduce stress, increase productivity, and enhances good emotion responses. This can involve intelligent technologies, such as wearable device, biofeedback, brain scans etc., among approaches to be considered by the Work Group.

In the past three years, Professor Chang has been a member of the APRU SCL Steering committee and leading the Working Group on Landscape and Human Health. The Working Group will continue to discuss the core concept about the landscape and human health under two aspects: ‘Evidence’ and ‘Application’, such as healthy (psychological and physiological) indicators, updating technological device in landscape research, built environment and landscape type analysis, therapeutic landscape planning and design, friendly environment for elders, healthy green infrastructures, healthy evidence-based design process.

Relevant SDGs:

Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

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Expression of Interest to Join a Working Group



Key Dates

• Expressions of interest for Working Groups to be submitted by:
Monday, 31 August 2020
Wednesday 30 September 2020

• PhD papers submission due on: Sunday, 6 September 2020
Wednesday 30 September 2020

• Early birds registrations close on: Monday, 9 November 2020

• Standard registrations close on: Friday, 11 December 2020

Please note that all key dates are in New Zealand Daylight Time (UTC+12).

About APRU

As a network of leading universities linking the Americas, Asia and Australasia, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is the Voice of Knowledge and Innovation for the Asia-Pacific region. We bring together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on effective solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.

We leverage collective education and research capabilities of our members into the international public policy process. Our primary research areas include natural hazards & disaster risk reduction, women in leadership, population aging, global health, sustainable cities, artificial intelligence & the future of work, the Pacific Ocean, and labor mobility.