Our research in this theme focuses upon understanding the interfaces between human and ecological systems in urban areas, for example: urban ecosystem functions and services (including disservices), urban biodiversity, and inter-linkages such as health and greenspace.


Recent Publications

Cavan, G., Smith, C., Tzoulas, K. Baker, F., Barlow, D., Hall, J., Reece, P., Stringer, P., & Butlin, T. (2018). My Back Yard: An Action Plan to Increase Green Space and Enhance Wildlife in Domestic Gardens in Manchester. Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Dennis, M., Barlow, D., Cavan, G., Cook, P.A. Gilchrist, A., Handley, J., James, P., Thompson, J., Tzoulas, K., Wheater, P. & 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, 17; doi:10.3390/land7010017

Kong, F. Yan, W. Zheng, G. Yin, H. Cavan, G. Zhan, W. Zhang, N. & Cheng, L. (2016). Retrieval of three-dimensional tree canopy and shade using terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) data to analyze the cooling effect of vegetation. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 217: 22-34.

Lindley, S. Gill, S. Cavan, G. et al. (2015). Green infrastructure for climate adaptation in African cities. In S. Pauleit et al. Urban Vulnerability and Climate Change in African Cities, Springer.

Aylen, J. Albertson, K. and Cavan, G. (2014). The impact of weather and climate on tourist demand: the case of Chester Zoo, Climatic Change 127(2): 183-197.

Cavan, G. Lindley, S.J. Jayeler, F. Yeshitela, K. Pauleit, S. Renner, F. Gill, S. Capuano, P. Nebebe, A. Woldegerima, T. Kibassa, D. and Shemdoe, R. (2014). Urban morphological determinants of temperature regulating ecosystem services in two African Cities. Ecological Indicators 42: 43-57.

Kong, F. Yin, H. Wang, C. Cavan, G. and James, P. (2014). A Satellite Image-based Analysis of Factors Contributing to the Green-Space Cool Island Intensity on a City Scale. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 13(4): 846-853.

Tzoulas, K. & Greening, K. (2011) Urban ecology and human health, [in] Niemela, J (Ed) Urban Ecology, Oxford University Press, pp. 263-271.

Tzoulas, K. & James, P. (2010a) Making biodiversity measures accessible to non-specialists: an innovative method for rapid assessment of urban biodiversity. Urban Ecosystems, 13, 1, 113-127.

Tzoulas, K. & James, P. (2010b). Peoples’ use of, and concerns about, green space networks: A case study of Birchwood, Warrington New Town, UK. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 9, 2, 121-128.

Albertson, K. Aylen, J. Cavan, G. & McMorrow, J. (2010). Climate change and the future occurrence of moorland wildfires in the Peak District of the UK. Climate Research 45: 105-118.

Albertson, K. Aylen, J. Cavan, G. & McMorrow, J. (2009). Forecasting the outbreak of moorland wildfires in the English Peak District. Journal of Environmental Management 90(8): 2642-2651.

James, P., Tzoulas, K., Adams, M.D., Barber, A., Box, J., Breuste, J., Elmqvist, T., Frith, M., Gordon, C., Greening, K.L., Handley, J., Haworth, S., Kazmierczak, A.E., Johnston, M., Korpela, K., Moretti, M., Niemelä, J., Pauleit, S., Roe, M.H., Sadler, J.P., Ward Thompson, C., (2009). Towards an integrated understanding of green space in the European built environment. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 8(2): 65-75.

Tzoulas, K. Korpela, K. Venn, S. Kazmierczak, A.E. Yli-Pelkonen, V. Niemela, J. & James, P. (2007) Enhancing ecosystem and human health through Green Infrastructure: A literature review. Landscape and Urban Planning, 81: 167-178.

Urban Environments Research Group