Active projects

RESEARCH PROJECTS: ACTIVE

BLUEHEALTH https://bluehealth2020.eu/

BlueHealth is a pan-European research initiative investigating the links between environment, climate and health. The programme is specifically focused on understanding how water-based environments in towns and cities can affect health and wellbeing. It brings together experts from nine institutions and is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. The work in EMÜ is focused mainly in two areas:

OPTIMISING ‘BLUE INFRASTRUCTURE’ FOR HEALTH 

The access and use of urban blue spaces is controlled by their design. BlueHealth researchers are assessing the impact of planning practices intended to support the use of blue infrastructure at both a city and local level. They are providing guidance on how to improve access, aesthetic value, and the motivation to visit these spaces, whilst also minimising risks.

EXPLORING THE ROLE OF VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS IN HEALTHCARE

BlueHealth is exploring how virtual environments might be used in health and social care settings to boost wellbeing for elderly, vulnerable and infirm populations. It is designing an interactive and mobile virtual reality system, and using these highly controlled settings to provide a theoretical basis for the planning of blue spaces in the real world.

MODSCAPES: THE MODERNIST REINVENTION OF THE RURAL LANDSCAPE 

MODSCAPES explores rural landscapes produced by large-scale agricultural development and colonisation schemes planned in the 20th century. This transnational research project investigates 11 case studies across Europe and beyond. It aims to explore, document, and raise awareness around this largely underestimated shared cultural heritage, which has seldom been the topic of international and interdisciplinary research. The project introduces the concept of landscapes as a unifying paradigm between tangible (the built environment) and intangible legacies (the related cultural and sociopolitical contexts) to bridge the gap between research, practice and policies through a trans-disciplinary approach. EMÜ is the lead for Work Package 2: Physical legacies.