Research Library: Social Justice

Social justice outcomes are related to access and opportunity for underserved communities and underrepresented populations. These outcomes also include issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion; environmental justice; and community social capital. Examples of research focused on social or environmental justice outcomes might explore increasing access to outdoor experiences, developing and supporting environmental educators and leaders from traditionally underrepresented groups, and improving urban green space, to name a few.

Below you can search and find research summaries related to diversity, equity, and inclusion; social and environmental justice; access to the benefits of nature; and community social capital. 

Social Justice

"We can keep the fire burning": Building action competence through environmental justice education in Uganda and Germany

Multi-national projects can be effective in building on cultural and social diversity to help young people become confident and capable environmental actors

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Ethnographic understandings of ethnically diverse neighbourhoods to inform urban design practice

Ethnographic scholarship can be used to improve cultural literacy and support social justice in urban design practice

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Rishbeth, C., Ganji, F., & Vodicka, G.. (2018). Ethnographic understandings of ethnically diverse neighbourhoods to inform urban design practice. Local Environment, 23(1), 36-53. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2017.1385000
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Through the eyes of children: Drawings as an evaluation tool for children's understanding about endangered Mexican primates

Children’s drawings can be a powerful tool in guiding conservation programs

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Propensity-score-weighted population-based study of the health benefits of dogs and cats for children

The health benefits of dogs and cats for children are not supported in a large population-based study

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Predictors of success for community-driven water quality management—Lessons from three catchments in New Zealand

Understanding Community Needs Can Help Design Better Engagement Programs

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Tyson, B., Unson, C., & Edgar, N.. (2017). Predictors of success for community-driven water quality management—Lessons from three catchments in New Zealand. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 16(3), 186 - 195. presented at the 2017/07/03/. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1533015X.2017.1333049
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Exploring the spatial-temporal relationships between a community greening program and neighborhood rates of crime

Urban greening programs may be effective in reducing crime

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The trends and influential factors of children's use of outdoor environments: A review

Individual, physical and social factors influence children’s place preferences and play behaviors in outdoor environments

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Aziz, N. F., & Said, I.. (2017). The trends and influential factors of children's use of outdoor environments: A review. Asian Journal of Environment-Behaviour Studies, 2(5), 97-108. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.21834/aje-bs.v2i5.226
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Environmental factors explain socioeconomic prevalence differences in myopia in 6-year old children

Lifestyle factors, including time outdoors, explain demographic prevalence differences in children with myopia

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Wilderness therapy, therapeutic camping and adventure education in child and youth care literature: A scoping review

A review of the research on the convergence of child and youth care practice with outdoor adventure reveals a credible evidence-base with robust positive outcomes

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Harper, N. J. (2017). Wilderness therapy, therapeutic camping and adventure education in child and youth care literature: A scoping review. Children and Youth Services Review, 83, 68-79. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.10.030
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Geographies of children's play in the context of neoliberal restructuring in Istanbul

The presence of commercialized private playspaces reinforces the neglect of public play spaces in Istanbul and frames “good play” as being exclusive, secure and instrumental

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Sullu, B. (2017). Geographies of children's play in the context of neoliberal restructuring in Istanbul. Children's Geographies. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2017.1341972
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Green space benefits for health and well-being: A life-course approach to urban planning, design and management

Environmental health research highlights the importance of targeting green space interventions to meet the needs of multiple user groups

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Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy for adolescents experiencing depression and/or anxiety: A therapist's perspective

Therapists using Equine Assisted Psychotherapy identify a range of positive outcomes for adolescents experiencing depression and/or anxiety

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Wilson, K., Buultjens, M., Monfries, M., & Karimi, L.. (2017). Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy for adolescents experiencing depression and/or anxiety: A therapist's perspective. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 22(1), 16-33. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359104515572379
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Evaluating a supported nature play programme, parents' perspectives

Nature play program provided families with enriched connections with each other and with nature, while also promoting the development and well-being of children and their parents

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Ward, T., Goldingay, S., & Parson, J.. (2017). Evaluating a supported nature play programme, parents' perspectives. Early Child Development and Care. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2017.1317764
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Social preference-based valuation of the links between home gardens, ecosystem services, and human well-being in Lefke Region of North Cyprus

Home gardens are valued for the ecosystem services they provide in promoting human health and well-being

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Are some natural environments more psychologically beneficial than others? The importance of type and quality on connectedness to nature and psychological restoration

Some natural environments are more psychologically beneficial than others

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City children's nature knowledge and contact: It is not just about biodiversity provision

While biodiverse urban environments are important for fostering connections with nature, independence and social connections influence whether or not children actually visit biodiverse spaces

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Freeman, C., Stein, A., Hand, K., & van Heezik, Y.. (2017). City children's nature knowledge and contact: It is not just about biodiversity provision. Environment and Behavior. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0013916517732108
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Environmental action and student environmental leaders: Exploring the influence of environmental attitudes, locus of control, and sense of personal responsibility

Predictors of pro-environmental behavior in adults overlap with, but aren’t the same, as predictors of environmental action in youth

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Immigrant children promoting environmental care: enhancing learning, agency and integration through culturally-responsive environmental education

Immigrant Students Can Facilitate Environmental Learning Between Teachers and Families

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Exploring pathways linking greenspace to health: Theoretical and methodological guidance

Potential pathways linking greenspace to health are identified; yet more research is needed to guide policy

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Markevych, I., Schoierer, J., Hartig, T., Chudnovsky, A., Hystad, P., Dzhambov, A. M., et al.. (2017). Exploring pathways linking greenspace to health: Theoretical and methodological guidance. Environmental Research, 158, 301-317. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2017.06.028
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The health benefits of nature-based solutions to urbanization challenges for children and the elderly -- A systematic review

Research shows trends toward positive associations between urban green and blue spaces and health in children and the elderly, but results are inconclusive

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The role of public and private natural space in children's social, emotional, and behavioural development in Scotland: A longitudinal study

Neighborhood natural space may reduce social, emotional and behavioral difficulties for 4–6 year olds, but private garden access may be the most beneficial

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Urban natural environments as nature-based solutions for improved public health -- A systematic review of reviews

The concept of "nature-based solutions" suggests that urban natural environments could become a public health tool

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van den Bosch, M., & Sang, A. O.. (2017). Urban natural environments as nature-based solutions for improved public health -- A systematic review of reviews. Environmental Research, 158, 373-384. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2017.05.040
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Urban green and grey space in relation to respiratory health in children

The relationships between neighborhood greenness and respiratory health depends on geographic region

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Tischer, C., Gascon, M., Fernández-Somoano, A., Tardón, A., Materola, A. L., Ibarluzea, J., et al.. (2017). Urban green and grey space in relation to respiratory health in children. European Respiratory Journal, 49(6). doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1183/13993003.02112-2015
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Create, control and have territories or secret places: A comparative study of children's play territoriality in their daily outdoor environments between Beijing's urban village and modern residential areas

Natural areas are the most common play territories for children from different living environments

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Associations between multiple green space measures and birth weight across two US cities

Individual and neighborhood characteristics can modify the impact of green space on birth weight, and may do so differently depending on the greenness metric

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Cusack, L., Larkin, A., Carozza, S. E., & Hystad, P.. (2017). Associations between multiple green space measures and birth weight across two US cities. Health & Place, 47, 36-43. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.07.002
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Green space and pregnancy outcomes: Evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand

Increased exposure to green space may prove helpful in improving gestational age of newborns for women with a low level of education

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Nichani, V., Kirks, K., B., B., Bird, A., Morton, S., & Grant, C.. (2017). Green space and pregnancy outcomes: Evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand. Health & Place, 46, 21-28. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.04.007
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An open trial of equine-assisted therapy for children exposed to problematic parental substance use

Equine-assisted therapy may be effective in promoting positive changes in children with emotional and behavioral difficulties

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Tsantefski, M., Briggs, L., Griffiths, J., & Tidyman, A.. (2017). An open trial of equine-assisted therapy for children exposed to problematic parental substance use. Health and Social Care in the Community, 25(3), 1247-1256. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12427