Putting down roots: How green spaces can counter loneliness


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Photo by Xiaoqi Feng.

We all know green spaces are good for us, but could they offer a cure for loneliness?

Come along to this panel discussion and hear more about how our city-makers (and others) have contributed to a “lonelygenic environment” that makes connection difficult, and hear about ways that could change this.

Come hear from panelists like epidemiologist Thomas Astell-Burt, who will share research he co-authored with fellow epidemiologist Xiaoqi Feng—that suggests that more quality green spaces could reduce our chances of loneliness by up to a quarter. Data analyst Angela Ryan (land supply and redevelopment analyst in the Department of Transport and Planning, formerly at AURIN as a social data scientist) will discuss the importance of incorporating health and spatial data when making decisions around land use and city planning.

The panel will be moderated by AURIN’s Lara Brown, a writer-turned-urbanist who has studied urban loneliness and its causes. She will guide this panel discussion that aims to show why the pathway to more urban togetherness should be green.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the people of the Eastern Kulin Nations as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.