Eun Yeong Choe
Thesis Title: Investigating the relationship between mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and the setting in which it is carried out
2013-2015, MA Landscape Architecture, Writtle University College, UK
2001-2005, BS Sociology, Kyung Hee University, Korea
My master’s dissertation is focused on recovering nature in the urban residential context of Seoul. I have been researching urban forest strategies with an aim of developing a model for sustainable urban development in Seoul, South Korea. It is frustrating to me that although there is extensive European research in the integration of ecology and urban design, very little is being done in South Korea to implement this research in order mitigate the effects of urbanisation and loss of green space in the urban context. Because of this, I have become motivated to better understand the areas of urban greening and benefits from building a connection with the natural environment.
I am currently doing a study on whether the effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) are enhanced when carried out in green surroundings as opposed to indoors or in a built setting. The evidence highlighting the health benefits of nature are extensive, however much less evidence exists as to how the mechanisms and quantification of well-being outcomes apply in practice. From an applied perspective, we need to know more about the most beneficial ways of interacting with nature and apply this insight in a systematic way to nature-based interventions. Therefore, my research will incorporate the restorative function of nature into mindfulness practice and assess the effectiveness of this practice in different settings.
• Environmental psychology, especially the restoration experience in natural environments
• Benefits from the connecting with a natural environment, especially health and wellbeing benefits and sustainable attitude and behaviours.