Biodiversity working group

Principal Investigator(s): Dr Mina Samangooei


About us

The Biodiversity working group in the School of Architecture is exploring biodiversity integration within the built environment, with a specific focus on buildings. Presently the group is undertaking a review of current literature in this area and the global context for research and teaching within schools for architecture in relation to biodiversity.

Funded by: School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University


Research impact

Melissa Kinnear’s undergraduate and postgraduate design architecture studios at Oxford Brookes University are focusing on biodiversity in architecture through the theme “Flourish”.

Forthcoming publications

  • Samangooei, M. Weinstein, N., and Saull, R.  (2023) ‘Access to Nature Fosters Well-Being in Solitude’, Sustainability 
  • Moxon, S., Webb, J., Semertzi, A. Samangooei, M. (2023) Wild ways: A scoping review to understand urban-rewilding behaviour in relation to adaptations to private gardens’, Cities and Health

Past publications

  • Samangooei M, Sassi P, Lack A, 'Soil-less systems vs. soil-based systems for cultivating edible plants on buildings in relation to the contribution towards sustainable cities' Future of Food: Journal on Food, Agriculture and Society 4 (2) (2016) pp.24-39 ISSN: 2197-411X
  • Thew, H., Graves, C., Reay, D., Smith, S., Petersen, K., Bomberg, E., Samangooei, M., ... & Worsfold, N. (2021). ‘Mainstreaming climate change education in UK higher education institutions’. URL


Mina Samangooei

Dr Mina Samangooei

Senior Lecturer in Architecture

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Name Role Email
Ms Melissa Kinnear Associate Lecturer
Dr Emma Rowden Senior Lecturer
Professor Marcel Vellinga Professor of Anthropology of Architecture