Yichao He

Department of Landscape Architecture

PhD Student and Postdoctoral Research Associate

Yichao He
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Yichao He
Department of Landscape Architecture
Arts Tower
Western Bank
S10 2TN

I'm currently working as a research associate on the research project entitled Nature’s Way: Co-Creating Methods for Innovating Nature-based Solutions for Public Health and Green Recovery in a Post-COVID World (https://spaces.rca.ac.uk/naturesway/). This project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to co-create, pilot and disseminate an innovative approach to Nature-based Solutions that connects people to nature for health and wellbeing during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

My PhD study explored the role of neighbourhood outdoor space in urban China in supporting older people's outdoor activities to enable them to age-in-place independently and healthily. Interview and observation methods were used to collect data. This study helps researchers and policymakers to understand the factors that influence older people’s experiences in their communities and use of outdoor spaces. It presents the complexity and diversity of older people's outdoor activities in their residential communities and neighbourhood outdoor spaces.


2018 - 2022, PhD
Deaprtment of Landscape Architecture, University of Sheffield

2016 -2017, MA - Landscape Study
Deaprtment of Landscape Architecture, University of Sheffield

2012- 2016, BA - Environmental Art Design
Hubei Institute of Fina Arts

Research interests

Age-friendly environments, Health and wellbeing, Healthy cities, Urban green spaces, Nature-based Solutions, Green social prescribing, Experiences of urban landscapes, environmental affordances.

Research group


  • Professor Anna Jorgensen (Department of Landscape Architecture)
  • Professor Karim Hadjri (Department of Architecture)
  • Dr Andrea Wigfield (Department of Sociological Studies)

Research group:
Centre fro Loneliness Studies (Department of Sociological Studies)

Teaching activities

I worked as Teaching Assistant in different modules.
Role: Delivering teaching, tutoring, demonstrating and marking.

Modules assisted:
LSC61004 - Research module 1 - Introduction to landscape research
A postgraduate taught module that seeks to awaken students' interest in landscape research, and develop skills, in preparation for the Dissertation.
Role: Organising workshops and providing tutorials to help students work on case studies, theory infographics, literature reviews, and research journals.

LSC61001 - Visual Media workshops
Workshops in a landscape design project that help students to understand and practice drawing / visual communication skills.
Role: Supporting students in workshops to get a better understanding and practising those skills.

LSC6115 - Introduction to landscape research
A postgraduate taught module that focuses on introducing students to research, and helps prepare them for dissertations.
Role: Give a 20-minute taster lecture about my research, provide workshops and tutorials to help students narrow down their research topics, assembling and organising literature, and drafting literature review.

LSC6116 - Landscape research topics and dissertation
A postgraduate taught module that helps students to identify a research topic and write a research proposal.
Role: Give two 20-minute presentations about Using visual methods in Landscape research, and Using social media in Landscape research. Organizing workshops of practicing visual methods (both face to face and online), workshops of ethics scenarios. Provide tutorials to help students narrow down their research topic, identify research methods, and structure their research proposal.

Professional activities and memberships


  • Peking University 2020 International PhD Academic Colloquium on National Spatial Planning and Urban Governance Optimization (Online)
  • 14th Global Conference on Ageing (Canada)

Design Awards:

  • 2020 Asian Design Award | Excellence Award (as Instructor)
  • 2015 CIDA China Interior Design Awards | Innovative Design Award