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The design and management of urban parks: the process of delivering a public good

Pågående forskning
2019 - 2023
Avdelningen för kulturgeografi, Institutionen för ekonomi och samhälle

Kort beskrivning

Urban parks are increasing in number due to substantial urban development. Furthermore, urban densification has resulted in increased expectations placed upon urban parks to play a role in recreation and green infrastructure, but also climate change mitigation, integration, health and wellbeing. Whilst an ever increasing amount of public funds are utilised for the design and construction of urban parks, lesser consideration is taken with regards to their ongoing management and maintenance.

Doktorand: Shelley Kotze
Handledare: Marie Stenseke

In part, the disparity between design and management may be accounted for through the two components being the responsibility of separate departments within local authorities. Moreover, it is increasingly common that local authorities outsource services, including their design of urban parks, to private companies. It is interpreted that these public-private partnerships have an impact upon the subsequent park management through the designs that are adopted.

As such, there needs to be a greater level of consideration given to the implications of design to the management and maintenance of urban parks. Therefore, a more nuanced and complex understanding of the ways in which urban parks are designed, and how this process considers aspects of subsequent management and maintenance is required. The benefit of developing an understanding of this would be twofold, to ensure the longevity of newly made urban parks for future generations, and to assist in reducing any unforeseen expenditure on management and maintenance.