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The landscape of fear as a safety eco-field: experimental evidence (2023)
Journal Article
Farina, A., & James, P. (2023). The landscape of fear as a safety eco-field: experimental evidence. Biosemiotics, 16(1), 61-84. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12304-023-09522-1

In a development of the ecosemiotic vivo-scape concept, a 'safety eco-field' is proposed as a model of a species response to the safety of its environment. The safety eco-field is based on the ecosemiotic approach which considers environmental safety... Read More about The landscape of fear as a safety eco-field: experimental evidence.

The effects of regional weather patterns on the migration of birds and Lepidoptera to a coastal migration “hotspot” in East Kent and possible changes in occurrence in response to global climate change (2022)
Thesis
Lee, G. The effects of regional weather patterns on the migration of birds and Lepidoptera to a coastal migration “hotspot” in East Kent and possible changes in occurrence in response to global climate change. (Dissertation). University of Salford

The phenomenon of long-distance migration is an important strategy for the survival of many species by maximising chances of breeding success in different climates. By analysing past literature covering the effects of weather on migration, a research... Read More about The effects of regional weather patterns on the migration of birds and Lepidoptera to a coastal migration “hotspot” in East Kent and possible changes in occurrence in response to global climate change.

Urban green infrastructures: an assessment of urban bird diversity, abundance and behaviour associated with green walls and street trees in Manchester and Salford, UK. (2022)
Thesis
Morton, L. Urban green infrastructures: an assessment of urban bird diversity, abundance and behaviour associated with green walls and street trees in Manchester and Salford, UK. (Dissertation). University of Salford

Urbanisation is a worldwide process with serious wellbeing impacts on people and wildlife. Reconciliation ecology, a novel approach to conservation, is particularly relevant for urban conservation as new habitats can be established and maintained. St... Read More about Urban green infrastructures: an assessment of urban bird diversity, abundance and behaviour associated with green walls and street trees in Manchester and Salford, UK..

Manchester Ship Canal : back to the future for disused European waterways (2021)
Book
Elkadi, H., & Biscaya, S. (2021). H. Elkadi, & S. Biscaya (Eds.), Manchester Ship Canal : back to the future for disused European waterways. Karlsruhe: KIT Scientific Publishing. https://doi.org/10.5445/KSP/1000129076

This book investigates how urban/rural patterns provide differing conditions for living and working. The project is to read and analyse these urban/rural settlement structures and provide insight into the patterns of living and working that have form... Read More about Manchester Ship Canal : back to the future for disused European waterways.

Vivoscapes : an ecosemiotic contribution to the ecological theory (2021)
Journal Article
Farina, A., & James, P. (2021). Vivoscapes : an ecosemiotic contribution to the ecological theory. Biosemiotics, 14(2), 419-431. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12304-021-09406-2

Vivoscape, from Latin ‘vivo’ (living) and the English ‘scape’ (shape and form of a place) is presented as a new ecosemiotic agency that integrates the interactions between biological and ecological components of a taxon with the environment. Accordin... Read More about Vivoscapes : an ecosemiotic contribution to the ecological theory.

A wetland vulnerability assessment : consequences for the avian communities of saltmarshes (2020)
Thesis
Alexander, D. A wetland vulnerability assessment : consequences for the avian communities of saltmarshes. (Thesis). University of Salford

Understanding better the consequences of anthropogenic pressure and environmental change is a substantial area of research for modern conservation ecology. This aim of this research is to investigate these consequences for the avian communities of sa... Read More about A wetland vulnerability assessment : consequences for the avian communities of saltmarshes.

Urban green infrastructure size, quality and proximity and health outcomes in older populations (2020)
Journal Article
Cook, P., Dennis, M., Wheater, C., James, P., & Lindley, S. (2020). Urban green infrastructure size, quality and proximity and health outcomes in older populations. European Journal of Public Health, 30(Sup. 5), v88-v89. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckaa165.232

Background A city's multi-functional network of green and blue spaces has an important role underpinning the health and wellbeing of its residents. Although evidence of positive links between nature and health is plentiful, little is known about... Read More about Urban green infrastructure size, quality and proximity and health outcomes in older populations.

Nature’s contribution to health and wellbeing in the city (2020)
Book Chapter
James, P., Tzoulas, K., & Dennis, M. (2020). Nature’s contribution to health and wellbeing in the city. In C. Boyko, R. Cooper, & N. Dunn (Eds.), Designing Future Cities for Wellbeing (54-70). New York and Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429470684-5

Biodiverse, vegetation-rich, green-spaces are important in the context of public health in urban environments. Links between residential proximity and equitable access to natural environments have been made with cardiometabolic disorders and emotiona... Read More about Nature’s contribution to health and wellbeing in the city.

A conceptual model of the social-ecological system of nature-based solutions in urban environments (2020)
Journal Article
Tzoulas, K., Galan, J., Venn, S., Dennis, M., Pedroli, B., Mishra, H., …James, P. (2021). A conceptual model of the social-ecological system of nature-based solutions in urban environments. Ambio, 50(2), 335-345. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-020-01380-2

This article provides a perspective on nature-based solutions. First, the argument is developed that nature-based solutions integrate social and ecological systems. Then, theoretical considerations relating to relational values, multifunctionality,... Read More about A conceptual model of the social-ecological system of nature-based solutions in urban environments.

Consideration of possible futures for peri-urban sites based on restabilising ecosystem processes : rewilding nature and people (2020)
Thesis
Bradley, T. Consideration of possible futures for peri-urban sites based on restabilising ecosystem processes : rewilding nature and people. (Dissertation). University of Salford

Inadequate funding, the shifting baseline syndrome phenomena, and the prescribe and protect approach to conservation collectively hinders ecosystem function. Rewilding offers an alternative solution without the same limitations. While it is documente... Read More about Consideration of possible futures for peri-urban sites based on restabilising ecosystem processes : rewilding nature and people.

Relationships between health outcomes in older populations and urban green infrastructure size, quality and proximity (2020)
Journal Article
Dennis, M., Cook, P., James, P., Wheater, P., & Lindley, S. (2020). Relationships between health outcomes in older populations and urban green infrastructure size, quality and proximity. BMC Public Health, 20(626), https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-08762-x

Background: There is a growing body of literature supporting positive associations between natural environments and better health. The type, quality and quantity of green and blue space (‘green-space’) in proximity to the home might be particularly i... Read More about Relationships between health outcomes in older populations and urban green infrastructure size, quality and proximity.

Ecosystem (dis)benefits arising from formal and informal land-use in Manchester (UK); a case study of urban soil characteristics associated with local green space management (2020)
Journal Article
Dennis, M., Beesley, L., Hardman, M., & James, P. (2020). Ecosystem (dis)benefits arising from formal and informal land-use in Manchester (UK); a case study of urban soil characteristics associated with local green space management. Agronomy, 10(4), 552. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10040552

Urban soils are subject to anthropogenic influences and, reciprocally, provide benefits and dis-benefits to human wellbeing; for example carbon storage, nutrient cycling and the regulation trace element and contaminant mobility. Collective stewardshi... Read More about Ecosystem (dis)benefits arising from formal and informal land-use in Manchester (UK); a case study of urban soil characteristics associated with local green space management.

Investigation of extensive green roof outdoor spatio-temporal thermal performance during summer in a subtropical monsoon climate (2019)
Journal Article
thermal performance during summer in a subtropical monsoon climate. Science of the Total Environment, 696, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.133976

The thermal performance of green roofs is usually site-specific and changes temporally. Hence, thermal performance evaluation is necessary to optimize green roof design and its cooling effect. In this paper, we evaluated the outdoor spatio-temporal p... Read More about Investigation of extensive green roof outdoor spatio-temporal thermal performance during summer in a subtropical monsoon climate.

Evaluating environmental and ecological landscape characteristics relevant to urban resilience across gradients of land-sharing-sparing and urbanity (2019)
Journal Article
Dennis, M., Scaletta, K., & James, P. Evaluating environmental and ecological landscape characteristics relevant to urban resilience across gradients of land-sharing-sparing and urbanity. PLoS ONE, 14(7), e0215796. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0215796

Within urban landscape planning, debate continues around the relative merits of land-sparing (compaction) and land-sharing (sprawl) scenarios. Using part of Greater Manchester (UK) as a case-study, we present a landscape approach to mapping green inf... Read More about Evaluating environmental and ecological landscape characteristics relevant to urban resilience across gradients of land-sharing-sparing and urbanity.

Evaluating urban environmental and ecological landscape characteristics as a function of land-sharing-sparing, urbanity and scale (2019)
Journal Article
Dennis, M., Scaletta, K., & James, P. (2019). Evaluating urban environmental and ecological landscape characteristics as a function of land-sharing-sparing, urbanity and scale. PLoS ONE, 14(7), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0215796

Within urban landscape planning, debate continues around the relative merits of land-sharing (sprawl) and land-sparing (compaction) scenarios. Using three of the ten districts in Greater Manchester (UK) as a case-study, we present a landscape approac... Read More about Evaluating urban environmental and ecological landscape characteristics as a function of land-sharing-sparing, urbanity and scale.

Exploring zoning scenario impacts upon urban growth simulations using a dynamic spatial model (2018)
Journal Article
Yin, H., Kong, F., Yang, X., James, P., & Dronova, I. (2018). Exploring zoning scenario impacts upon urban growth simulations using a dynamic spatial model. Cities, 81, 214-229. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2018.04.010

Dynamic spatial models are being increasingly used to explore urban changes and evaluate the social and environmental consequences of urban growth. However, inadequate representation of spatial complexity, regional differentiation, and growth managem... Read More about Exploring zoning scenario impacts upon urban growth simulations using a dynamic spatial model.

Urban social-ecological innovation : implications for adaptive natural resource management (2018)
Journal Article
Dennis, M., & James, P. (2018). Urban social-ecological innovation : implications for adaptive natural resource management. Ecological Economics, 150, 153-164. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.04.005

The urban landscape, as home to the majority of the global population, has been the scene of significant and lasting ecological degradation. Consequently, modern cities rely on distant and geographically vast areas for the provision of a range of imp... Read More about Urban social-ecological innovation : implications for adaptive natural resource management.

Mapping urban green infrastructure : a novel landscape-based approach to incorporating land-use and land-cover in the mapping of human-dominated systems (2018)
Journal Article
Dennis, M., Barlow, D., Cavan, G., Cook, P., Gilchrist, A., Handley, J., …Lindley, S. (2018). Mapping urban green infrastructure : a novel landscape-based approach to incorporating land-use and land-cover in the mapping of human-dominated systems. Land, 7(1), 17. https://doi.org/10.3390/land7010017

Common approaches to mapping green infrastructure in urbanized landscapes invariably focus on measures of land-use or land-cover and associated functional or physical traits. However, such one-dimensional perspectives do not accurately capture the ch... Read More about Mapping urban green infrastructure : a novel landscape-based approach to incorporating land-use and land-cover in the mapping of human-dominated systems.

Exposing the Luxury Effect (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Scaletta, K., Dennis, M., Hardman, M., Griffiths, A., & James, P. (2017, December). Exposing the Luxury Effect. Poster presented at British Ecological Society Annual Meeting, Ghent