Underlying relationships between public urban green spaces and social cohesion: a systematic literature review

Wan, C. ORCID: 0000-0001-5750-0610, Shen, G.Q. and Choi, S., 2021. Underlying relationships between public urban green spaces and social cohesion: a systematic literature review. City, Culture and Society, 24: 100383. ISSN 1877-9166

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Abstract

Research has substantiated the positive role of social cohesion on physical health and psychological well-being, and there is increasing interest in how public urban green spaces (“green spaces” hereafter) promote social cohesion. This review synthesized existing empirical evidence to ascertain the impact of green spaces on social cohesion. 51 published studies met the inclusion criteria were reviewed. Physical characteristics, perceptions, and use patterns of green spaces were found directly influencing social cohesion. Findings also suggested that physical characteristics of green spaces intermingle with environmental perceptions and use patterns to further complicate the impact on social cohesion. A model was proposed to conceptualize the complex relationships between green spaces and social cohesion. The review identified current gaps in the literature which futher research is needed. It also informs interventions for promoting public health and well-being by enhancing social cohesion in urban natural environments.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: City, Culture and Society
Creators: Wan, C., Shen, G.Q. and Choi, S.
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Date: March 2021
Volume: 24
ISSN: 1877-9166
Identifiers:
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10.1016/j.ccs.2021.100383DOI
1434471Other
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 18 May 2021 13:43
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:03
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42882

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