Dr Anna Jorgensen is a Senior Lecturer/Director of Research at theDepartment of Landscape, University of Sheffield, and a member of Natural England’s Outdoors for All Advisory group. Her research focuses on social and cultural meanings of urban natural environments and the health and wellbeing benefits of exposure to nature. As the Managing Editor of the refereed journal Landscape Research she has a wide-ranging and thorough understanding of the diverse disciplines involved in the study of landscape and natural environments, and of inter and trans disciplinary working. A late entrant academic, she has already published widely in peer reviewed papers, contributed book chapters, and is the co-editor of the Routledge book Urban Wildscapes. She leads the NERC Valuing Nature project “Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature: integrating green/blue infrastructure and health service valuation and delivery” (IWUN) , and is a Co-I in the NERC funded BESS Consortium: Fragments, functions and flows – the scaling of biodiversity and ES in urban ecosystems.
Quote from Urban Wildscapes
We know that urban green spaces provide many important functions, or ecosystem services, such as flood mitigation and combating climate change by lowering air temperatures, but what is the role of wildness in this? Do wilder, more natural, green spaces provide more and better ecosystem services?