Dr Siân de Bell is working on an Innovate UK project developing a toolkit to value the benefits of urban green spaces with Vivid Economics and Barton Willmore (https://greentoolkit.net/). Her role involves collating current evidence on the benefits of these spaces and analysing secondary data relating to their health benefits.
Siân is an interdisciplinary researcher interested in the links between the natural environment, particularly its quality, and human health and well-being. She studied BSc Biology at the University of Bristol and then moved to the University of York for her PhD in 2015. This was part of the ESRC-funded Health Of Populations and Ecosystems (HOPE) project and investigated the benefits of freshwater blue space for health and well-being, nationally and at a local level. She analysed UK-wide data on the benefits of blue spaces, as well as using qualitative methods to investigate the dual benefits of an urban river restoration project for the environment and human well-being. Most recently, she has worked on a qualitative systematic review of environmental influences on older people’s travel behaviour.