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The Importance of Place and Placemaking in Wellness | Peter Ellery & Jane Ellery


Studies now show that when individuals are actively engaged in the creation of spaces in which they live, work, and play, they form a positive connection to the place itself, and that this connection, in turn, has a positive influence on the individual’s wellness. This session will explore how these connections to place are formed, and offer participants the opportunity of experiencing this process through the analysis and redesign of an example workplace.

Following this session, participants will be able to:

  1. describe the connections individuals make to places in which they live, work, and play.
  2. explain why participant engagement is important when creating places that enhance wellness.
  3. analyze a worksite or community environment to determine its value as a “place.”

NOTE: "Registration" for individual sessions is not required. Once onsite, you may attend any sessions on the day(s) for which you are registered.


  • Peter Ellery, PhD

    Peter J. Ellery, PhD is a senior researcher with E2praxis, LLC; a research consultancy specializing in community wellbeing. In this role, he combines his education and research experience in health, education, and landscape architecture to explore user-centered and collaboratively designed, placemaking strategies for community development. Peter has presented this work at national and international conferences and has published book chapters and articles on the impact place and placemaking has on individual and community wellbeing.

  • Jane Ellery, PhD

    Jane Ellery, PhD, works at the intersection of Place, Health, and the Economy by focusing on collaborative change efforts, participatory approaches, and community-centered processes. After two decades working in prevention-related roles, Jane shifted from pathogenic interventions designed to keep people from getting sick to Salutogenic initiatives that encourage living life to its fullest. She enjoys exploring wellness concepts and the ideas and philosophies of Halbert Dunn, Aaron Antonovsky, and Elinor Ostrom, to name a few.

July 20, 2023
Thu 2:15 PM EDT
Room 2, 3rd Floor Individual session registration NOT required

Duration 1H 0M

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