Urban parks & green spaces as a panacea? Challenges and opportunities for urban greening - 1

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group, Landscape Specialty Group, Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Balcony L, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
Organizers: Meredith Whitten, Christopher Ling
Chairs: Christopher Ling


Urban parks and green spaces are recognized for provided wide-ranging benefits for city residents and urban environments. Research has addressed the impact these spaces have on health and well-being, climate change adaptation, urban biodiversity, ecosystem services, social interaction and cohesion, housing and property valuation, heritage value, and education.

Interdisciplinary scholars have examined urban sustainability and the role of urban infrastructure in contributing to sustainable, liveable cities, with urban parks and green spaces presented largely as beneficial, with little downsides. Yet, despite this, cities and regions continue to wrestle with providing and managing these spaces for the 21st-century city.

Papers in these sessions will examine the challenges surrounding planning and providing for urban parks and green spaces. This includes critiquing governance structures, challenging existing ways of thinking about green-space planning and contesting an anthropogenic approach to urban greening. Papers also will explore opportunities for connecting research’s recognized benefits of urban parks and green space to the practice of park and green space planning. We welcome papers that highlight case studies, including those from an international perspective.

Each session will consist of four paper sessions (15-min presentations + 5 min Q&A), followed by a 20-minute discussion with the presenters. Thus, presenters should stay through the end of their session to participate in the discussion.

If interested in participating, please send an abstract of no more than 250 words and your personal identification number (received from the AAG after applying online at www.aag.org) to all organizers by October 25, 2017.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Rachel Will*, University of Georgia, Navigating diverse goals for a greener Atlanta: Stakeholder subjectivity and socio-ecological tradeoffs on the Atlanta BeltLine 20 1:20 PM
Presenter Minhui Lin*, South China Agricultural University, Bing Pan, Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Management, Penn State University, Alan R Greafe, Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Management, Penn State University, Roller Skating as a Way into the Big City: a Case Study on Migrant Workers’ Informal Leisure Activities in Guangzhou 20 1:40 PM
Presenter Ian Mell*, University of Manchester, Beyond the Peace Lines - inclusivity and community understanding of parks/green infrastructure in Belfast Northern Ireland 20 2:00 PM
Presenter Meredith Whitten*, London School of Economics, Shades of Green: Examining the tension between urban green space and green infrastructure planning in Inner London 20 2:20 PM
Discussant Christopher Ling Royal Roads University 20 2:40 PM

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