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The project is aimed at addressing the growing prevalence of myopia and low vision in children. 
By exploring the role of outdoor activities in mitigating myopia, and studying how inclusive landscape design can encourage such activities, the research aims to contribute to myopia prevention and developing inclusive educational environments.

The research aims to have a significant impact on public health by contributing to the prevention of myopia. 

It suggests that educational institutions should consider inclusive landscape designs when making architectural and policy decisions. This approach can have positive implications for the prevalence of myopia, especially for children with visual impairments. 
The project seeks to address gender disparities in myopia prevalence and promote social inclusivity by creating spaces accessible to all children. Ultimately, the research aims to offer an evidence-based approach to landscape design that supports the health and well-being of all children, which could potentially influence global standards in educational landscape design.
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Research Fellow: Dr Rebecca Woods

Rebecca Woods recently completed a professional doctorate entitled, "How does living in a rural location affect experiences of acquired vision impairment?".
This study built on over a decade of professional practice as a Vision Rehabilitation Specialist, in both metropolitan and rural areas. Rebecca took a phenomenological approach to research, designed an innovative multi-sensory interview method, and aligns herself with a relational understanding of society and the wider world.
Rebecca is an Early Careers Researcher, having completed her doctorate in January 2024. 

The research team

The interdisciplinary team consists of experts in optometry, geography, and early-year education. Their diverse backgrounds ensure a comprehensive approach, integrating insights from various fields to address this complex issue.

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