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Research and our urban spaces

Sustainable living, and the development of our cities and urban areas, will be crucial to how societies rebuild following the COVID-19 pandemic. The below list of articles looks at some of the most recent and influential research to impact on living conditions internationally.

Restructuring the built environment to change adult health behaviors: a scoping review integrated with behavior change frameworks
A review, which has influenced UK Government policy on population transmission, shows urban developers should consider health outcomes beyond physical activity, and better investigate unanticipated barriers to health behaviours arising from built environment restructuring projects
Open Access, peer-reviewed research published in Cities & Health

New Conceptions of Sufficient Home Size in High-Income Countries: Are We Approaching a Sustainable Consumption Transition?
This paper makes the case for transitioning away from the large, single-family homes that typify suburban sprawl, offering new conceptions for what constitutes a more sustainable and sufficient average home size in high-income countries going forward.
Peer-reviewed research published in Housing, Theory and Society

Does Density Aggravate the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Denser, urban, environments assumed by many to be more conducive to the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, are not linked to higher infection rates
Open Access, peer-reviewed research published in the Journal of the American Planning Association

Shape matters: reducing people’s exposure to poor air quality using sculpted infrastructure elements
A newly-designed unique curved road barrier, for local heavily traffic-laden thoroughfares, could protect people from the damaging effects of air pollution.
Open Access, peer-reviewed research published in Cities & Health

No urban malaise for Millennials
The advantage of rural living is declining – rural Americans are becoming less happy relative to urbanites, this study of 62,844 US residents shows. Researchers also fin ‘Millennials’, as opposed to earlier generations, are the happiest in large cities.
Peer-reviewed research published in Regional Studies

Bunkering down? The geography of elite residential basement development in London
Basement extensions are rising in popularity among London's rich. This study maps all 7,328 basements approved by 32 boroughs between 2008 and 2019. In total, these extensions have a combined depth equivalent to 31 times the height of Burj Khalifa!
Open Access, peer-reviewed research published in Urban Geography

Minus Minimums
This study monitored how parking reforms in Buffalo (NY) saw public transit becoming a priority – whilst inactive storefronts, underutilized historic structures and former industrial buildings were rehabilitated. Could such parking zones be replicated elsewhere?
Open Access, peer-reviewed research published in the Journal of the American Planning Association

The effect of local housing allowance reductions on overcrowding in the private rented sector in England
Housing benefit cuts led to an increase in overcrowding among private renters in England leading up to the covid outbreak. These findings show 75,000 additional households were overcrowded during the pandemic.
Open Access, peer-reviewed research published in the International Journal of Housing Policy

Staying at Home Is a Privilege: Evidence from Fine-Grained Mobile Phone Location Data in the United States during the COVID-19
People living in deprived, less affluent neighborhoods spent less time indoors at home during lockdown, according to a study that tracked data 45 million mobile phone users across the United States.
Peer-reviewed research published in the journal Annals of the American Association of Geographers

The importance of nature to city living during the COVID-19 pandemic: Considerations and goals from environmental psychology
On the back of COVID-19 lockdowns, this think-piece highlights that parks, community gardens, and other natural areas are essential to urban dwellers. It argues public decision-makers should aim to develop simple, relatively inexpensive strategies to augment the usability of nature.
Peer-reviewed research published in Cities & Health

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