Lauriane Suyin Chalmin-PuiLauriane Suyin Chalmin-Pui

Thesis Title: How do front garden landscapes influence health and well-being?

Supervisors: Dr Ross Cameron (Department of Landscape), Dr Alistair Griffiths (Royal Horticultural Society), Dr Paul Alexander (Royal Horticultural Society), Professor Jenny Roe (University of Virginia), Andy Clayden (Department of Landscape)
Date started PhD and proposed submission date: 2016 - 2019

University email:
Twitter: @LaurianeSuyin


Researcher Biography

My research is driven by an interest in social engagement with nature and, specifically, the socio-cultural value of urban nature.
The current focus lies in the dual context of the increasingly recognised impact of green spaces on physical and mental health, and the growing trend to pave over front gardens for off-road parking. Sponsored by and working closely with the Royal Horticultural Society, my research project aims to value the health and socio-cultural benefits of front gardens for residents and the wider community.

I have a BA in Geography from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
At Sheffield, I am a student representative on the University Research Ethics Committee.


Chalmin-Pui, L. S. and Perkins, R. (2016) How do visitors relate to biodiversity conservation? An analysis of London Zoo’s ‘BUGS’ exhibit, Environmental Education Research, pp. 1-14, DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2016.1259395

Department of Landscape blog entries:

Greening the Grey - Vegetating front gardnes for improved wellbeing
Looking for people who don't garden and other unexpected PhD moments

Research Interests

  • gardens
  • health and well-being
  • urban ecology
  • environmental politics
  • animal studies
  • environmental education
  • evaluation