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    Belevingsmodellering 2019 : Kennisvragen voor doorontwikkeling modelinstrumentarium
    Nieuwenhuizen, W. ; Vries, S. de - \ 2020
    Wageningen : WOT Natuur & Milieu (WOt-interne notitie 301)
    Environmental Justice in The Netherlands: Presence and Quality of Greenspace Differ by Socioeconomic Status of Neighbourhoods
    Vries, Sjerp De; Buijs, Arjen E. ; Snep, Robbert P.H. - \ 2020
    Sustainability 12 (2020)15. - ISSN 2071-1050
    Making our cities more sustainable includes the need to make the transition a just one. This paper focuses on distributive justice with regard to greenspace in cities. Urbanisation and densification will likely result in less greenspace in urban residential areas, especially in deprived neighbourhoods. This is a threat to the aim of healthy and liveable cities, as greenspace has positive effects on human health and well-being. In this study, we show that in The Netherlands, neighbourhoods with a low socioeconomic status already tend to have a lower presence and quality of greenspace than those with a high socioeconomic status. This outcome is independent of the greenness metric that was used. However, depending on the precise greenness metric, socioeconomic differences in greenness between neighbourhoods are smaller in highly urban municipalities than in less urban municipalities, rather than larger. The paper discusses the implications of these outcomes for policy and planning regarding urban greenspace.
    Integrative policy development for healthier people and ecosystems : A European case analysis
    White, Piran C.L. ; Guégan, Jean François ; Keune, Hans ; Bell, Sian De; Geijzendorffer, Ilse R. ; Hermans, Tia ; Prieur-Richard, Anne Hélène ; Iroegbu, Chinny ; Stone, Dave ; Vanwambeke, Sophie ; Vries, Sjerp de; Ford, Adriana ; Graham, Hilary - \ 2020
    Area 52 (2020)3. - ISSN 0004-0894 - p. 495 - 504.
    biodiversity - cross-sectoral policy - ecosystem services - environment - evidence - public health

    There is growing evidence of the inter-relationships between ecosystems and public health. This creates opportunities for the development of cross-sectoral policies and interventions that provide dual benefits to public health and to the natural environment. These benefits are increasingly articulated in strategy documents at national and regional level, yet implementation of integrative policies on the ground remains limited and fragmented. Here, we use a workshop approach to identify some features of this evidence–implementation gap based on policy and practice within a number of western European countries. The driving forces behind some recent moves towards more integrative policy development and implementation show important differences between countries, reflecting the non-linear and complex nature of the policy-making process. We use these case studies to illustrate some of the key barriers to greater integrative policy development identified in the policy analysis literature. Specific barriers we identify include: institutional barriers; differing time perspectives in public health and ecosystem management; contrasting historical development of public health and natural environment disciplinary policy agendas; an incomplete evidence base relating investment in the natural environment to benefits for public health; a lack of appropriate outcome measures including benefit–cost trade-offs; and finally a lack of integrative policy frameworks across the health and natural environment sectors. We also identify opportunities for greater policy integration and examples of good practice from different countries. However, we note there is no single mechanism that will deliver integrative policy for healthier people and ecosystems in all countries and situations. National governments, national public agencies, local governments, research institutions, and professional bodies all share a responsibility to identify and seize opportunities for influencing policy change, whether incremental or abrupt, to ensure that ecosystems and the health of society are managed so that the interests of future generations, as well as present generations, can be protected.

    Exploring outdoor thermal perception—a revised model
    Lenzholzer, Sanda ; Vries, Sjerp de - \ 2020
    International Journal of Biometeorology 64 (2020). - ISSN 0020-7128 - p. 293 - 300.
    Conceptual model - Environmental psychology - Literature review - Research agenda - Thermal comfort

    This paper aims at extending earlier models of outdoor thermal perception by fusing new knowledge from recent literature and deriving perspectives for future research and methods from the new model. Previous models focused on physical and physiological aspects. Only recently, the psychological aspects of thermal perception received more attention, such as spatial perception. Furthermore, in recent literature on thermal perception, two time scales have been described: the short-term and the long-term thermal perception. Based on this new literature, we develop a conceptual, more comprehensive model that takes these factors into account as well. It hypothesizes how thermal sensation and psychological processes interact on the two time scales. However, to be able to describe relationships between psychological aspects of thermal perception more precisely, more research is required on the following issues: (1) influence of momentary personal references and preferences (e.g., mood), (2) influence of long-term personal references and preferences (e.g., cultural aspects, habituation), and (3) influence of the perception of the spatial environment on thermal perception. Moreover, the relation between momentary and long-term thermal perception has not been studied yet. We conclude this paper with an outlook on possible methods to study these factors.

    Zonneparken: Kansen voor biodiversiteit en andere landschapsfuncties?
    Zee, Friso van der; Bloem, Jaap ; Galama, Paul ; Gollenbeek, Luuk ; Os, Jaap van; Schotman, Alex ; Vries, Sjerp de - \ 2019
    Landschap : tijdschrift voor landschapsecologie en milieukunde 36 (2019)4. - ISSN 0169-6300 - p. 235 - 239.
    Agriculture - Biodiversity - Perception of the landscape - Soil - Solar parks

    The construction of solar parks in the Netherlands is experiencing strong growth. This leads to a discussion about the use of scarce space. What are the effects of solar parks on the soil, agriculture, biodiversity and the perception of the landscape? Are there opportunities for other functions in addition to power generation? This article reports on a literature review of this question. There certainly are opportunities for combining solar parks with biodiversity and agriculture. To achieve this, an optimum must be sought between maximum power production and other functions. What is the best way to design and manage a solar park? The most important conclusion is that much knowledge is still lacking in this area and that further research is urgently needed.

    Welke effect heeft een groene leefomgeving op de gezondheid
    Vries, Sjerp de - \ 2019

    interview met Sjerp de Vries

    Feit of fictie: kinderen die opgroeien op een boerderij zijn het allergezondst
    Vries, Sjerp de - \ 2019

    interview met Sjerp de Vries

    Terug Kenniscafé “Een ode aan de boom”
    Vries, Sjerp de - \ 2019
    Types and characteristics of urban green & blue spaces having an impact on human mental health and wellbeing : Methods Protocol, Knowledge assessment and synthesis
    Andreucci, Maria Beatrice ; Vries, S. de; Marselle, Melissa R. ; Olszewska-Guizzo, Agnieszka ; Keune, Hans ; O'Brien, L. ; Russo, A. ; Remmen, Roy ; Davies, Zoe ; Livoreil, Barbara ; Beute, Femke ; Lammel, Annamaria - \ 2019
    EKLIPSE - 13 p.
    Working Group (EKLIPSE EWG) was formed to answer the following question: “Which types of urban and suburban blue and green spaces and which characteristics (components) of such spaces have a significant impact on human mental health and wellbeing?”. The answer will be provided by examining the scientific literature. Financial support from the World Health Organization (WHO), adding to that initially provided by EKLIPSE, will allow the EWG to conduct two separate systematic reviews (one for blue spaces and one for green spaces).
    Previous reviews have been focused on the local amount and availability of, or access to, green (and to a much lesser extent) blue space. The current systematic reviews will be unique in that they focus on the mental health benefits of the type of green (and blue) space and of its distinct characteristics (components).
    Each systematic reviews will follow six consecutive stages: 1) eligibility criteria for the articles will be formulated, 2) a systematic search strategy will be employed to yield relevant articles, 3) meta-data will be extracted and coded for each eligible study, 4) each study will be critically appraised, 5) a narrative and descriptive synthesis will be performed, and 6) outcomes of the synthesis will be discussed.
    The main deliverable of the project will be two reports (blue and green), but will also include dissemination via oral presentations and each systematic review will be published in a peer-reviewed journal. The outcomes of the systematic reviews will be aimed to inform and provide recommendations to (future) decision makers in several domains, such as health promotion, nature management, spatial policy, urban planning, and design.
    Plantbenefits : intervention study on the effects of office plants on indoor climate, the appreciation of the environment by employees, and their functioning and wellbeing
    Vries, S. de; Hermans, C.M.L. ; Duijn, Bert van; Oppedijk, Berry - \ 2019
    In: International Conference on Environmental Psychology 2019. - Plymouth : ICEP
    A field experiment with a controlled pretest-posttest design was conducted in three organizations. In each organization, two offices were selected. One month after the pretest, plants were introduced in one of the offices. The plants are aimed at increasing the air humidity in wintertime by 15%-points. After three months, a posttest was conducted. Temperature and air humidity were monitored for one year. In total, 75 employees participated during both pre- and posttest. Analyses of variance were conducted, with Time as within-subjects factor and Condition and Organization as between-subjects factors. Positive effects of the plants were observed for the visual appearance of the office, having positive feelings and self-rated functioning. A negative effect was observed for the need for recovery after a working day. No effect was observed for other measures, o.a. thermal comfort, ability to concentrate, stress level, social climate. The most striking result was a logistic regression for having reported sick during the previous three months (control = reference), adjusting for organization and sickness reporting on the pretest, showing a rather substantial effect of Condition: OR = 0.22 (0.05-0.93). At the moment, the study is being replicated at more locations, with a larger number of participants.
    Methodological considerations in biodiversity - mental health relationships
    Vries, Sjerp de - \ 2019
    Is groen in de woonomgeving gezond en kan het gezondheidsverschillen verkleinen?
    Vries, Sjerp de - \ 2019
    Presentatie voor de voorjaarsbijeenkomst Wageningen Alumnikring Den Haag/Rotterdam op 11 april 2019
    Groen en Welbevinden: wat is de invloed van groen in de woonomgeving op de gezondheid?
    Vries, Sjerp de - \ 2019
    Gastcollege VU Amsterdam, collegereeks Gezondheid in Grootstedelijke Gebieden
    Safety, stress and the physical environment: what has (love for) nature got to do with it?
    Vries, Sjerp de - \ 2019
    Natural environments and happiness, Large-scale experience sampling in the Netherlands
    Vries, Sjerp de; Nieuwenhuizen, Wim - \ 2019
    presentation T9-2
    De werking van groen op gezondheid; mechanismen achter de relatie groen - welbevinden
    Vries, Sjerp de - \ 2019
    Groen en Leren : De Meerwaarde van groen in de stedelijke omgeving
    Hiemstra, J.A. ; Spijker, J.H. ; Vries, S. de - \ 2019
    Wageningen : Wageningen Environmental Research - 6 p.
    Groen en zorg : De meerwaarde van groen in de stedelijke omgeving
    Hiemstra, J.A. ; Spijker, J.H. ; Vries, S. de - \ 2019
    Wageningen : Wageningen Environmental Research - 6 p.
    Groen en Wonen : De meerwaarde van groen in de stedelijke omgeving
    Hiemstra, J.A. ; Spijker, J.H. ; Vries, S. de - \ 2019
    Wageningen : Wageningen Environmental Research - 6 p.
    residential areas - housing - plantations - public green areas - gardens - domestic gardens - health indicators - cultural values - landscape gardeners - green roofs - green walls - temperature - tree orientation - climate - heat stress - well-being
    Groen en Werken : De meerwaarde van groen in de stedelijke omgeving
    Hiemstra, J.A. ; Vries, S. de; Spijker, J.H. - \ 2019
    Wageningen : Wageningen Environmental Research - 6 p.
    labour - work - work stress - offices - plantations - gardens - well-being - climate - health
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