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GOGREEN ROUTES: GO GREEN Resilient Optimal Urban natural, Technological and Environmental Solutions

Goal: The objective of GOGREEN ROUTES is to position European cities as world ambassadors of urban sustainability. Our inspirational approach shifts the focus of NBS towards the co-benefits to multidimensional health-termed 360-Health. GOGREEN ROUTES transdisciplinary consortium will pioneer a unique approach augmenting NBS, urban design with the goal of fostering a positive human-nature relationship, flourishing nature connectedness and promoting citizen engagement through digital, educational and behavioural innovation. GOGREEN ROUTES components focus on nature-based enterprise (GROW), sustainable physical activity (MOVE), digital, cultural (FEEL) and knowledge innovation (KNOW). GOGREEN ROUTES fosters mental health and well-being by optimising human-nature interactions for all citizens. These innovations will increase the uptake and acceptability of NBS across “Cultivating Cities” (Burgas, Lahti, Limerick, Tallinn, Umea & Versailles), “Seed Cities” (Munich, Murcia region & Malta) and a “Cross-Pollination Network: (Beijing, Mexico, & Tblisi). An urban well-being lab, based on the living lab methodology will couple participatory approaches with the Big Data analyses. To advance knowledge, best practice and dissemination GOGREEN ROUTES will cluster with H2020 projects including those involving our partners (e.g. proGIreg, bluehealth2020, Connecting Nature). In addition, linking all open-sourced data to the OPPLA and Think Nature Hubs, delivering online resource (e.g. Urban 360-Health Toolkit, MOOC’s) and empowering citizens in an iterative process of co-creation will ensure perpetuation beyond the end of the project. This novel approach, coupled with the high capacity of the consortium, makes GOGREEN ROUTES an exciting prospect.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 869764.

Date: 1 September 2020 - 31 August 2024

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Tadhg Macintyre
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Mario V Balzan and the team are supporting our Summer School which has a unique learning ecosystem dedicated to illuminating our understanding of nature and health in the context of NBS
 
Alan Scarry
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The use of mobile applications for dietary purposes has dramatically increased along with the consistent development of mobile technology. Assessing diet quality as a dietary pattern or an indicator across key food groups in comparison to those recommended by dietary guidelines is useful for identifying optimal nutrient intake. This systematic review aims to explore mobile applications and their impact on the diet quality of the user. The electronic databases of The Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (Cinahl), The American Psychological Association’s (APA Psycinfo), and PubMed were systematically searched for randomised and non-randomised controlled trials to retrieve papers from inception to November 2021. Ten studies with 1638 participants were included. A total of 5342 studies were retrieved from the database searches, with 10 articles eligible for final inclusion in the review. The sample sizes ranged from 27 to 732 participants across the included studies, with 1638 total participants. The ratio of female to male participants in the studies was 4:1. The majority of the mobile applications or M-health interventions were used to highlight dietary health changes (six studies), with the remainder used to reduce weight or blood sugar levels (four studies). Each study used a different measure to quantify diet quality. Studies were either assessed by diet quality scoring or individual dietary assessment, of the ten studies, six studies reported an improvement in diet quality following diet-related mobile application use. Mobile applications may be an effective way to improve diet quality in adults; however, there is a need for more targeted and longer-term studies that are expressly designed to investigate the impact using mobile applications has on diet quality.
Tadhg Macintyre
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GoGreenRoutes summer school is taking place on 29th and 30th June and 1st July in Valletta, Malta.
About this event
The theme of this in-person summer school is 360Health:Where Nature and Health Rhyme.
Plenary session with Marc Jones with Keynote speakers Dr Annalisa Setti Prof. Marc Jones and Prof. Claudio Nigg and innovation panels with Terri Morrissey, Dr Mario V Balzan and Prof. Giovanna Calogiuri .
The event will encompass a broad range of creative methodologies training and opportunities for collaboration for those engaging with NBS. More details to follow On May 1st.
 
Evi Petersen
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As society changes so too does the environment around us. Urbanization has become a threat for natural environments. As our understanding of the benefits of nature engagement continues to evolve, it is important to understand what our relationship with nature looks like and how to foster it. With the looming challenge of urbanization it is time to consider alternatives to the outside nature that we are used to. Developments in digital nature and virtual reality may hold the key to helping individuals maintain a connection to nature.
Tadhg Macintyre
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The COVID-19 outbreak has led to major restrictions globally, affecting people’s psychosocial health and their health behaviors. Thus, the purpose of this scoping review was to summarize the available research regarding the nature-health-association in the COVID-19 context. Keywords related to natural environments and COVID-19 were combined to conduct a systematic online search in six major databases. Eligibility criteria were a) published since 2020 with data collected in the COVID-19 context b) peer-reviewed, c) original empirical data collected on human participants, d) investigated the association between natural environments and psychosocial health or health behavior, and e) English, German, or Scandinavian language. Out of 8,568 articles being obtained, we identified 82 relevant articles representing 80 unique studies. Most studies focused on adults in the general population and were predominantly conducted in the USA and Europe. Overall, the findings tentatively indicate that nature mitigates the impact of COVID-19 on psychological health and physical activity. Through thematic analysis of the extracted data, three primary themes were identified: 1) type of nature assessed, 2) psychosocial health and health behaviors investigated, and 3) heterogeneity in the nature-health relationship. Research gaps in the COVID-19 context were identified regarding I) nature characteristics that promote psychosocial health and health behaviors, II) investigations of digital and virtual nature, III) psychological constructs relating to mental health promotion, IV) health behaviors other than physical activity, V) underlying mechanisms regarding heterogeneity in the nature-health relationship based on human, nature, and geographic characteristics, and VI) research focusing on vulnerable groups. Overall, natural environments demonstrate considerable potential in buffering the impact of stressful events on a population level on mental health. However, future research is warranted to fill the mentioned research gaps and to examine the long-term effects of nature exposure during COVID-19.
Giovanna Calogiuri
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Immersive Virtual Nature has emerged as a promising tool within clinical as well as health-promotion settings. Combining this technology with physical activity (e.g., walking on a treadmill), thus creating installations for so-called virtual green exercise (VGE), might extend its application to new contexts, such as physical rehabilitation and physical activity promotion, as well as help advancing green exercise research. Unfortunately, developing VGE installations with high restorative value is not an easy task, and challenges such as cyber-sickness may negatively influence the users’ experience. The purpose of the GreenVR project is to i) develop a highly immersive VGE installation and compare two innovative techniques to create VGE settings; and ii) investigate the extent to which VGE can provide psychological, physiological, and behavioural benefits. The VGE installation consisted of a manually driven treadmill connected to a high performance computer and VR-system. One VGE setting was developed as a 360° video, while the other was created as a 3D digital model. Both VGE settings reproduced the same natural environment –a walking path by the river Glomma in Elverum (Norway). A single-blind RCT (ISRCTN ID: 14275608) was designed, with 60 healthy adult volunteers being randomly allocated to one of three conditions: treatment-1 (VGE exposure via 360° video), treatment-2 (VGE exposure via 3D model), control (walking on treadmill without VGE exposure). In each condition, the participants first viewed a brief video-clip designed to elicit negative emotions. Assessment was conducted at three time-points: Baseline (i.e., before the negative emotions elicitation), Pre-exposure (i.e., before the treatment/control), and Post-exposure (i.e., at completion of the treatment/control). Measurements included: presence, cyber sickness, perceived restorativeness of the virtual environments, perceived exertion, blood pressure, heart rate, enjoyment, affect, nature connectedness, and future green exercise intention. Additionally, qualitative information was collected through open-ended questions and by conducting in-depth interviews with a sub-set of participants. The study was approved by the Regional Committees for Medical and Health Research Ethics (REC ID: 134663). We will present the VGE installation as well as preliminary findings.
Tadhg Macintyre
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The COVID19 global pandemic brought to the fore the links between human and planetary health. Paradoxically, during lockdown scenarios many urban ecosystems prospered with, for example, sightings of urban foxes and an enriched soundscape with birdsong resonating. On the other hand, our physical and mental health suffered as we were socially isolated and subject to physical restrictions in our capacity to engage in sport, go to gyms or engage in active travel. COVID19 lockdown saw reduced noise and air pollution in urban conurbations globally and gave us a glimpse of a carbon neutral future for city dwellers. Our solution was to turn to natural spaces, both blue and green, for well-being and physical activity. Three insights on why making nature healthy again is key to our physical and mental wellbeing will be addressed. These issues are central to our project GOGREEN ROUTES which is a €10.5m European project that aims to transform both environmental and human health with Limerick city and the University of Limerick among the 38 partners.
UL team includes Norma Bargary (née Coffey) Giles Warrington Alan E. Donnelly Eibhlís M O'Connor Samantha Glynn et al. with support from Rachel M Msetfi EHS faculty and HRI at UL
 
Jürgen Beckmann
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In launching this Research Topic, our objective was to capture contemporary perspectives on the conceptualization and measurement of human-nature interactions, and advance future research perspectives. The ubiquitous nature of the challenge is exemplified by a diverse and expansive list of countries of our contributors, which ranges among 15 different countries including Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA. Twenty articles were included in the collection. These included an array of approaches, with nine original research articles, two brief research report articles, four perspective articles, two reviews, and three systematic reviews. Many provide novel viewpoints in our understanding of human-nature interactions, in relation to both, the effects of being in contact with nature and potential underlying mechanisms explaining the relationship.
Ilkka Väänänen
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http://blogit.lamk.fi/lamkwell-being/2019/06/04/mindscape2019-well-being-and-nature-from-woodlands-to-blueways/
Pp. 61-69. http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-827-333-5
Brendan James Keegan
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Dear consortium members, the advertisement for the MMU PhD Scholarship is up and running. Could we kindly ask for you to distribute within your respective networks?
Below is an infographic which may be more convenient for sharing.
 
Brendan James Keegan
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Manchester Metropolitan University is looking for a PhD applicant to provide research support for the GOGREEN ROUTES Project, conducted within the Horizon 2020 SC5-14-2019 visionary and integrated solutions to improve well-being and health in cities project framework. As this project is concerned with the development of interconnected green corridors in public spaces, there is a unique opportunity to examine the role of digital innovation and its relationship with the psychology of well-being through digital placemaking initiatives.
The PhD scholarship will be supervised by, Dr. Brendan James Keegan, Professor Marc Jones, and Dr. Tadhg Macintyre . For further information on the project, contact Dr. Keegan (b.keegan@mmu.ac.uk).
For more details on this funded PhD Scholarship, please visit: http://bit.ly/GGRPhDDigitalPlacemaking
This project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework programme under grant agreement No 869764.
 
Tadhg Macintyre
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VISIONARY NATURE BASED ACTIONS FOR HEATH, WELLBEING & RESILIENCE IN CITIES (VARCITIES)
Integrated NBS-based Urban Planning Methodology for Enhancing the Health and Well-being of Citizens: the euPOLIS Approach
INclusive Health And wellBeing In small and medium size ciTies
 
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Un moyen naturel pour entretenir la santé mentale et le bien-être en ville
Conas gur féidir leis an dúlra dul i bhfeidhm ar shláinte?
Un metodo naturale per promuovere la salute mentale e il benessere urbani
Naturalny sposób na poprawę zdrowia i samopoczucia psychicznego w miastach
Ein natürlicher Weg zur Förderung der psychischen Gesundheit und des Wohlbefindens in Städten
 
Tadhg Macintyre
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While the natural environment is preferable, digital nature may be a suitable alternative for those with limited access such as urban dwellers or those with mobility issues. Recently, researchers have explored the use of digital nature in psychiatric and medical care and results have shown it to be beneficial for example in pain management and anxiety disorders. It is critical to discover if the integration of digital nature into rehabilitation systems for sports science and medical personnel can promote psychophysiological recovery among athletes. 
 
Tadhg Macintyre
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If you are applying for the IRC schemes for doctoral (http://research.ie/funding/goipg/) or postdoctoral ( http://research.ie/funding/goipd/) and would like to be part of our project learning ecosystem please contact the researchers John Gallagher Aoife Donnelly Giles Warrington Alan E. Donnelly Eibhlís M O'Connor Norma Bargary (née Coffey) Lorraine D'Arcy Deleted Profile or email gogreenroutes@ul.ie See the topic areas on the pdf.
 
Ilkka Väänänen
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http://julkaisut.turkuamk.fi/isbn9789522167491.pdf
Tadhg Macintyre
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Tá freagra na ceiste sin ag an togra GO GREEN ROUTES, atá maoinithe ag an Aontas Eorpach. Tá cur chuige ar leith ag an gcuibhreannas trasdisciplíneach i leith an dúlra, ag cothú bealaí glas in iarracht caidreamh dearfach idir an duine agus an dúlra a láidriú. Chomh maith leis sin, tá béim ar rannpháirtíocht pobail ar bhealaí digiteacha agus beidh deiseanna oideachais agus iompair á gcur chun cinn freisin.
Tá sé mar aidhm ag an togra go mbeidh pobal na hEorpa mar ambasadóirí domhanda do inbhuanaitheacht uirbeach. Cuirfidh an togra seo meabhairshláinte agus folláine chun cinn, agus é dírithe ar fhiontar atá fréamhaithe sa dúlra, gníomhaíocht coirp, agus nuálaíocht eolach a bheidh digiteach agus cultúrtha.
Agus muid ag cothú bealaí eolais nua le pobail uirbeacha, ardóidh an togra seo an méid eolais atá ag daoine faoi ábhair cosúil le truailliú aeir agus na buntáistí a bhaineann le gníomhaíocht coirp agus bia inbhunaithaithe.
Tá an togra ag díriú ar sé chathair: Burgas (An Bhulgáir), Lahti (An Fhionlainn), Luimneach (Éireann), Tallinn (An Eastóin), Umea (An tSualainn), agus Versailles (An Fhrainc). Scaipfear na torthaí ar thogra eile go tapa, agus chuig cathracha eile san Eoraip agus ar fud an domhain.
 
Giovanna Calogiuri
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The University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) is looking for applicants to a Ph.D. position in Health & Technology
Contact Prof. Giovanna Calogiuri for more information (giovanna.calogiuri@usn.no)
Requirements for applicants:
  • master's degree or equivalent higher education in health-, sports-, social-, computer-sciences, or another relevant background (e.g., technology, informatics, economics).
  • submit a project description that shows relevance for the #GoGreenRoutes project as well as the Ph.D. program in Person-centered Healthcare (see below).
  • knowledge of English as well as Norwegian or another Scandinavian language.
The successful applicant is expected to apply and enter the Ph.D. program in Person-Centered Health at USN, which is based in Campus Drammen, Norway
 
Tadhg Macintyre
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Please see the attached expression of interest form for the PhD studentship supervised by Aoife Donnelly
 
Tadhg Macintyre
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GO GREEN ROUTESOptimal Urban natural, Technological and Environmental Solutions is seeking applicants for five PhD studentships across three Irish HEI’s and a project manager position at the University of Limerick. Five PhD studentships are being offered in this project conducted within the Horizon 2020 SC5-14-2019 Visionary and integrated solutions to improve well-being and health in cities project framework. GOGREEN ROUTES is a four-year €10.48 million project commencing in September 2020 with 39 partners across 18 countries. For further information on the project contact tadhg.macintyre@ul.ie or the individual doctoral supervisors listed including Alan E. Donnelly Norma Bargary (née Coffey)
Aoife Donnelly John Gallagher This project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework programme under grant agreement No 869764.
 
Tadhg Macintyre
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The objective of GOGREEN ROUTES is to position European cities as world ambassadors of urban sustainability. Our inspirational approach shifts the focus of NBS towards the co-benefits to multidimensional health-termed 360-Health. GOGREEN ROUTES transdisciplinary consortium will pioneer a unique approach augmenting NBS, urban design with the goal of fostering a positive human-nature relationship, flourishing nature connectedness and promoting citizen engagement through digital, educational and behavioural innovation. GOGREEN ROUTES components focus on nature-based enterprise (GROW), sustainable physical activity (MOVE), digital, cultural (FEEL) and knowledge innovation (KNOW). GOGREEN ROUTES fosters mental health and well-being by optimising human-nature interactions for all citizens. These innovations will increase the uptake and acceptability of NBS across “Cultivating Cities” (Burgas, Lahti, Limerick, Tallinn, Umea & Versailles), “Seed Cities” (Munich, Murcia region & Malta) and a “Cross-Pollination Network: (Beijing, Mexico, & Tblisi). An urban well-being lab, based on the living lab methodology will couple participatory approaches with the Big Data analyses. To advance knowledge, best practice and dissemination GOGREEN ROUTES will cluster with H2020 projects including those involving our partners (e.g. proGIreg, bluehealth2020, Connecting Nature). In addition, linking all open-sourced data to the OPPLA and Think Nature Hubs, delivering online resource (e.g. Urban 360-Health Toolkit, MOOC’s) and empowering citizens in an iterative process of co-creation will ensure perpetuation beyond the end of the project. This novel approach, coupled with the high capacity of the consortium, makes GOGREEN ROUTES an exciting prospect.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 869764.