Session 6: Landscapes and Health

This webinar will discuss evidence-based research and related theories of human-landscape experience, innovative technological tools, and the applications of healthy landscapes and healthy people. Experts from around the Pacific Rim will come together to explore the applications of human health research to urban greenspace planning, and to reflect on complex questions like, “What is evidence-based landscape design? How does it relate to design and human health policies? How can modern technology help fill the gap between research and application?”


Date & Time

October 25 at 6 pm (PDT)
October 26 at 9 am (HK time)



Prof Chun-Yen Chang  & Dr Po-Ju Chang, National Taiwan University



  • Dr. Sara Barron
  • Dr. Po-Ju Chang
  • Dr. Chun-Yen Chang
  • Shih-Han Hung (PhD student)


View the recording here.

Dr Sara Barron

Dr Sara Barron is a lecturer in Urban Horticulture at the University of Melbourne. She comes from the University of British Columbia (UBC) where she helped develop their new Bachelor of Urban Forestry program. Her research focuses on how urban and suburban landscapes can be re-imagined to balance healthy forests with a range of co-benefits. Sara works across interdisciplinary boundaries due to her years of experience in landscape architecture, urban design, and urban forestry. She has expertise in large-scale sustainable community planning and climate change research projects and holds a Landscape Architecture degree from UBC.

Dr Po-Ju Chang

Dr Po-Ju Chang is an assistant professor at National Taiwan University. Her research focuses on urban green space and leisure behavior, well-being, and aging in place.

Prof Chun Yen Chang

Prof Chun Yen Chang teaches and directs the “Healthy Landscape and Healthy People Laboratory” at the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at the National Taiwan University (NTU). Professor Chang has numerous experiences in the academic field of landscape architecture, his team, Healthy Landscape and Healthy People Laboratory devotes to the research of the relationships between landscapes, human health and wellbeing.

Professor Chang had been served as the president of the Outdoor Recreation Association of Taiwan, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Landscape Architecture (Taiwan), the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Outdoor Recreation Research (Taiwan), and Taiwan’s Delegate to the International Federation of Landscape Architecture (IFLA). Now Professor Chang serves as the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Landscape and Ecological Engineering, the Chair of Working Group in Horticultural Therapy, International Society for Horticultural Science, and Steering Committee in Association of Pacific Rim Universities Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub.

Shih-Han Hung

Shih-Han Hung’s research interest is to understand the relationship between nature and human wellbeing. Previous study on this topic was about discussing physical and mental benefits through practicing qigong in urban green spaces, which had showed that grass landscape promotes human health benefits (e.g. induce flow experience and qi experience); water landscape provided reflection experience, high preference, and perception of qi experience. Now her research focus on the concept of biophilia, perceived biophilic design, and human-environment experience in the urban green space. Han is a PhD student in National Taiwan University.