Current Projects

Current Research projects


Children’s Lost landscapes in Japan

What has happened to children’s outdoor environments in the post disaster context of Tohoku in north east Japan.  This research has been funded by the Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation and will continue in 2014 with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Visiting Fellowship.  A paper describing how Space, People, Interventions and Time influence children’s outdoor environments in this context is now available in the journal Children and Society.  Professor Isami Kinoshita is an international research colleague at Chiba University, Japan.


Living with Nature

This is a three (2011-2014) year partnership project funded by the BIG LOTTERY (£480,000+) and working with communities in 24 Sheffield Council Neighbourhoods.  The Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust hold the award and work with Sheffield City Council Housing Services and Helen on this project. The Community Engagement team are working with individuals, groups TARAs, Friends Groups, Schools and other local organisations to re-use these forgotten green spaces, and discussions at the on-site events feed into the re-design and management plan for each site. Some of the community groups will continue to be involved once the project has finished in June this year.


Potential areas of research supervision

Helen is interested in working with PhD candidates who want to research about children’s outdoor environments from playgrounds, to playful landscapes and skateboarder’s use of open spaces. She has an increasing interest in how adults control children and young people’s use of outdoor spaces and children in non-western cities, crisis and difficult situations.


Currently supervised

Children’s use of water features in open spaces in Sheffield: Melih Bozhurt

Landscape design, planning and everyday use of green spruce: a case study of Huangpu district, China: Junfang Xie
Children’s experiences of outdoor environments in orphanages in Iran: Maryam Mani