Author Archives: Miles

About Miles

Applied psychologist researching our connection with nature and ways to improve it. Good for nature, good for you.

The Butterfly Affect: Can noticing nature really boost wellbeing and help address climate chaos?

In chaos theory The Butterfly Effect is a term for a situation where small changes may have large effects, such as the path of a tornado being influenced by the distant flapping of butterfly wings weeks before. It arose when … Continue reading

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Urban greenspace use: Insights from mobile phone GPS data

A major challenge to understanding how to harness urban greenspace as a tool for improving health and well-being is the lack of data available on how people actually use greenspace. Four years ago I wrote about the launch of a … Continue reading

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The Dasgupta Review and Nature Connectedness

Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta led the review on the economics of biodiversity that was announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in March 2019. The review set out to assess the economic benefits of biodiversity and the costs and risks … Continue reading

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Did Lockdown Spring Bring a Lasting Connection to Nature?

A blog with Dr Carly Butler. Many of us found a friend in nature during the first lockdown in Spring 2020 but new data suggests this was just a short-term relationship for some. The latest data from Natural England’s People … Continue reading

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Nature Connectedness and Biophilic Design

Biophilic design is a building design concept used to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment. Stephen Kellert was one of the pioneers of biophilic design and with Elizabeth Calabrese published The Practice of Biophilic Design. Kellert also identified the … Continue reading

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