Factors influencing the realisation of the social impact of urban nature in inner-city environments: A systematic review of complex evidence

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Juntti, M. and Ozsezer-Kurnuc, S. 2023. Factors influencing the realisation of the social impact of urban nature in inner-city environments: A systematic review of complex evidence. Ecological Economics. 211. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2023.107872
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TitleFactors influencing the realisation of the social impact of urban nature in inner-city environments: A systematic review of complex evidence
AuthorsJuntti, M. and Ozsezer-Kurnuc, S.
Abstract

The beneficial health, wellbeing and liveability impacts of urban nature are broadly evidenced and increasingly engaged with in planning and policy. But anomalies in empirical evidence suggest that benefits do not flow equally to all. This review paper analyses the contribution of existing research on how the material and social context and subjective factors shape the social impact of urban nature. We review 46 international papers published between 2019 and 2021 that present findings from inner-city metropolitan contexts. The findings evidence variations in benefits and some dis-benefits derived from urban nature associated with features of the material context (e.g., urban and greenspace form, infrastructure and facilities), the social context (e.g., demographic diversity and socio-economic standing) and subjective factors such as gender and cultural identity. We recommend an inclusive research and planning approach that is attuned to the role of the human experience in the realisation of the social impact of urban nature to ensure that the prevalent urban greening agenda actually benefits all city dwellers and does not unintentionally contribute to further inequality. We recommend a shift of focus from ‘physical access to nature’ to ‘actually realised access to its benefits’ for more inclusive policy and planning.

Sustainable Development Goals11 Sustainable cities and communities
Middlesex University ThemeSustainability
Research GroupLaw and Politics
LanguageEnglish
PublisherElsevier
JournalEcological Economics
ISSN0921-8009
Publication dates
Online12 May 2023
PrintSep 2023
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Deposited24 May 2023
Submitted05 Aug 2022
Accepted28 Apr 2023
Output statusPublished
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2023.107872
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