I am a Research Fellow in Healthy Living and Working Environment. The prime area of my interest is environmental psychology, restorative environment, and human-environment interaction. I am currently working on the impact of the natural environment on the health and wellbeing of aging people. I have expertise in using interdisciplinary mixed methods including ethnographic interview, behavioural mapping and observation, subject-produced drawing, and photo-elicitation.
I completed my doctoral degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield in March 2020. My thesis titled: “Children’s Relationships with their Outdoor Living Space: an example of Orphanage Children in Kerman, Iran” explored children’s interaction with the orphanage outdoor space and its restorative potential from the viewpoint of orphans, as well as their satisfaction and preferred design features.
Prior to my PhD, I worked as a teaching and research assistant at the School of Housing, Building and Planning, University of Science in Malaysia, and subsequently took up the post of lecturer in the school of Architecture and Environment at Payam-E-Noor University in Iran.
Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution
- Research Networks and Education in the Built Environment (RNEinBE) (17/10/2022 - 31/05/2023), funded by: Council of Heads of Built Environment (CHOBE), funding amount received by Brookes: £2,000
- The Contribution of Urban Community Gardens to Create Inclusive and Sustainable Local Environments (01/10/2022 - 30/09/2023), funded by: British Academy, funding amount received by Brookes: £8,932
Mani M, Woolley H, Russell J
, 'A New Perceived Restorativeness Scale for Children’s Everyday Environment (PRS-ChEE): Evaluating Restorative Potential of Orphanages’ Outdoor Spaces from the Viewpoint of Children'
Children, Youth and Environments 33 (2) (2023) pp.130-152
ISSN: 1546-2250 eISSN: 1546-2250Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR