OPENspace is an international research centre contributing new evidence on why inclusive access to the outdoors matters.
A collaborative, multi-disciplinary team based in Edinburgh, we bring together experts in landscape architecture, environmental psychology, human geography, forestry, quality of life measures and design for all ages and abilities.
Addressing the full spectrum of open space environments - from city parks and squares to remote rural landscapes - our work cuts across a number of policy areas, including health and wellbeing, social inclusion, countryside access and sustainable urban renaissance.
We focus on the benefits to be gained from getting outdoors and the barriers currently experienced by different users, particularly those from disadvantaged groups.
Professor Catharine Ward Thompson,
Director of OPENspace
Pictured (right) with Jackie Baillie MSP (left) at the Scottish Parliament
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