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TESIS Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca - "Sistemi e Tecnologie per le Strutture Sanitarie, Sociali e della Formazione"

TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE FOR BIRTH ENVIRONMENT Knowledge mobilization for a new architectural paradigm

The research, granted by The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, aims to: i) enhance global awareness about the import of better birth spaces; ii) develop a comprehensive, online, user-oriented Knowledge Mobilization Resource for architects, designers, healthcare professionals and policymakers providing a richly informative grounding in birth environment design supporting normal birth;  iii) facilitate a global movement for better design of birth environments, understood as holding significance for impacting maternal and infant health and wellbeing.

The project will provide valuable and accessible support to architects, designers, and policymakers in healthcare settings and will lay the groundwork for the first ever Birth Environment Design Knowledge Mobilization platform.



Scientific Coordinator:

Doreen Balabanoff

Nicoletta Setola


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)


University of Florence | Department of Architecture

TESIS Research Centre

OCAD University | Department of Environmental Design - Canada

The Boston Architecture College | Department of Design Studies - USA

Griffith University | Department of Nursing and Midwifery - Australia

Research Group:

Doreen Balabanoff

Nicoletta Setola

J. Davis Harte
Elizabeth Newnham

Alessia Macchi

Eletta Naldi





last update: 08-Sep-2020
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