Catharine Ward Thompson

Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh

Dr Catharine Ward Thompson is Professor of Landscape Architecture and directs OPENspace – the research centre for inclusive access to outdoor environments – at the University of Edinburgh.

She was educated at the Universities of Southampton and Edinburgh. Her work focuses on inclusive access to outdoor environments, especially for disadvantaged groups, and links between landscape and health. It covers environment-behaviour interactions, historic landscapes and contemporary needs, and salutogenic environments.

She has led several multidisciplinary research collaborations, including a study of links between green space and mental wellbeing in deprived urban areas, part of the GreenHealth project, and research on the benefits and barriers to getting outdoors for older people and their quality of life.

More recently, she completed a National Institute for Health Research funded study on the effectiveness of interventions in urban woodlands to enhance community wellbeing.