Agence France-Presse publication in Libération

translation of section of article, reporting on Mobility, Mood and Place research


In Scotland, researchers worked with people aged 70 and older, asking about where they lived and their access to green space since their childhood in the 1930s. These data were analysed together with archival maps and evidence of housing conditions, health and socio-economic status of different areas in Edinburgh and its local region throughout this period.


“We concluded that frequent access topublic parks from childhood through to adulthood may help to slow down the rate of cognitive decline in later life. This finding was strongest for women and those in the lowest socioeconomic groups”, said landscape architect Catharine Ward Thompson.


We found a similar conclusion for depression and anxiety. “Access to green space can help to reduce social inequalities in terms of health”, stated this director of OPENspace research., 9thSeptember 2018

Period9 Sept 2018

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleLe bonheur est bien dans le pré: quand le paysage influe sur le bien-être
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletAgence France-Presse
    Media typeWeb
    DescriptionAgence France-Presse story released that included reference to Mobility, Mood and Place research
    PersonsCatharine Ward Thompson, Jamie Pearce, Niamh Shortt, Ian Deary, Mark Cherrie


TitlePermanent European Conference for the Study of the Rural Landscape (PECSRL)
LocationClermont-Ferrand and Mende, France
Period3 Sept 2018 → 9 Sept 2018