Building Science, Technology and Sustainability Track
Supervisors: Dr Bin Jiang (primary); Dr Eunice Seng; Dr Fan Xue
Yuwen Yang is a PhD candidate in the Division of Landscape Architecture. Her research interests include the urban built and natural environment's impacts on infectious and chronic diseases and environmental inequity. She is currently working on the associations between greenspace and COVID-19.
Yang's dissertation aims to understand the relationship between green spaces and various diseases, as well as their underlying mechanisms. In an era of a rapidly ageing global population, increasing emphasis was placed on non-communicable diseases, injuries, along with communicable diseases. Acute respiratory and chronic diseases such as COVID-19, SARS, pulmonary disease, cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic lung diseases, obesity, and diabetes, are the major cause of death worldwide. The prevalence of these diseases significantly increased healthcare expenditures and disability-adjusted life years. The research findings are expected to provide sound evidence, effective intervention strategies, and planning and design guidance to mitigate the global disease burden.