PhD (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
MD (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Medical License to practice (Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare)
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2206 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z9

Matilda is a doctor in medicine as well as in landscape planning and public health.

Since July 2016 she is an assistant professor at The University of British Columbia, Canada, where she holds a shared affiliation between the School of Population and Public Health and the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences.

She investigates how environmental exposures, for example urban green spaces, can influence human health and how this displays in various populations across various socioeconomic conditions. The policy goal is to develop evidence-based plans for healthier cities in a changing climate, with sustainable solutions for the health of humans and natural environments.

Her interests include regulating urban ecosystem services, such as heat reduction and consequential reduction in heat related morbidity and mortality, as well as cultural services form urban nature, involving for example increased physical activity and stress recovery in relation to preventing several non-communicable diseases. Much of the research focuses on linkages between various types of land-use data and health mediators or outcomes. Previous studies have included experimental research in virtual reality laboratories, analyzing psychophysiological responses to different standardized environments with biomarkers.

Matilda works as a consultant for numerous international organizations, for example the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Environmental Program (UNEP), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Climate Change and Innovation Bureau Health Canada. Apart from pan-Canadian collaborations, she has a broad, international scientific network, across health and environmental disciplines, in for example Germany, Sweden, UK, Iran, US, Italy, and Spain. She is Associate Editor of Urban Forestry & Urban Greening and co-editor of the Oxford University Press textbook on Nature and Public Health, to be published early 2018.


1. J Grellier, J., M P White, M.P., Albin, M., Bell, S., Elliott, L.R., Gascón, M., Gualdi, S., Mancini, L., Nieuwenhuijsen, M.J., Sarigiannis, D.A., van den Bosch, M., Wolf, T., Wuijts, S., Fleming, L.E. (2017) BlueHealth: a study programme protocol for mapping and quantifying the potential benefits to public health and well-being from Europe’s blue spaces. BMJ Open
2. Weimann H, Rylander L., Annerstedt van den Bosch, M., Albin M., Skärbäck E., Grahn P., Björk J. (2017). Perception of safety is a prerequisite for the association between neighbourhood green qualities and physical activity: Results from a crosssectional study in Sweden. Health and Place. 45:124-130
3. Laundy Frisenstam, K., van den Bosch, M., Chen, Y., Friberg, P., Osika, W. (2017). Self-reported psychosomatic health in Swedish children, adolescents and young adults living in rural and urban areas: an internet-based survey. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance. 3(1):e9
4. Annerstedt van den Bosch, M. & Nieuwenhuijsen, M. (2017) Green the cities now – no time to waste. Published online, Environment International. 99:343-350
5. Stoltz, J., Lundell, Y., Skärbäck, E., van den Bosch, M., Grahn, P., Nordström, E.M., Dolling, A. (2016) Planning for restorative forests: describing stress-reducing qualities of forest stands using available forest stand data. European Journal of Forest Research. 135(5):803-813
6. Kabisch, N., Haase, D., Annerstedt van den Bosch, M. (2016) Adding natural spaces to social indicators of intra-urban health inequalities among children: a case study from Berlin, Germany. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 13(8)
7. Annerstedt van den Bosch, M., Depledge, M. (2015). Healthy people with nature in mind. BMC Public Health 15(1):1232-1238.
8. Annerstedt van den Bosch, M., Mudu, P., Uscila, V., Barrdahl, M., Kulinkina, A., Staatsen, B., Smart, W., Kruize, H., Zurlyte, I., Egorov, A. (2015). Development of an urban green space indicator and the public health rationale. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. 44:159-167
9. Annerstedt van den Bosch, M., Östergren, P-O., Grahn, P., Skärbäck, E., Währborg, P. (2015). Moving to serene nature may prevent poor mental health – results from a Swedish longitudinal cohort study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 12: 7974-7989
10. Chang, C., Annerstedt van den Bosch, M., Sarlöv-Herlin, I. (2015). A Narrative Review of Ecomuseum Literature: Suggesting a Thematic Classification and Identifying Sustainability as a Core Element. The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum; 7(2):15-29
11. Annerstedt, M., Jönsson, P., Wallergård, M., Johansson, G., Karlson, B., Grahn, P., Hansen, ÅM., Währborg, P. (2013). Inducing physiological stress recovery with sounds of nature in a virtual reality forest. Phsyiology and Behavior, 118;240-250
12. Nielsen, AB., van den Bosch, M., Maruthaveeran, S., Konijnendijk, C (2013). Species richness in urban parks and its drivers: A review of empirical evidence. Urban Ecosystems, 17:305-327
13. Angelstam, P.,Andersson, K., Annerstedt, M., Axelsson, R., Elbakidze, M., Garrido, P., Grahn, P., Jönsson, I., Pedersen, S., Schlyter, P., Skärbäck, E., Smith, M., Stjernquist, I. (2013). Solving problems in social-ecological systems: definition, practice and barriers of transdisciplinary research. Ambio, 42(2), 254-265.
14. Annerstedt, M., Östergren, P-O., Grahn, P., Björk, J., Skärbäck, E., Währborg, P. (2012). Green qualities in the neighbourhood and mental health – results from a longitudinal cohort study in southern Sweden. BMC Public Health; 12:337.
15. Konijnendijk, C.C., Annerstedt, M. 2012. Between fascination and fear – The impacts of urban wilderness on human health and wellbeing. Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift 89(3): 289-295. Available online at (Swedish version: Konijnendijk, C.C., Annerstedt, M. Mellan fascination och fruktan – Hur vild natur i urban miljö påverkar hälsa och välbefinnande, pp. 224-231.)
16. Annerstedt, M., Währborg, P. (2011). Nature Assisted Therapy: Systematic review of controlled and observational studies. Scand J of Public Health, 39:371-88
17. Annerstedt, M. (2010). Transdisciplinarity as an inference technique to achieve a better understanding in the health and environment sciences. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 7: 2692-2707.
18. Norman, J., Annerstedt, M., Boman, M., Mattsson, L. (2010). Influence of outdoor recreation on self rated human health: Comparing three categories of Swedish recreationists. Scand J of Forest Research; 25(3):234-244.
19. Annerstedt, M., Norman, J., Boman, M., Mattsson, L., Grahn, P., Währborg, P. (2010). Finding stress relief in a forest. Ecological Bulletins 53:33-42 (Oikos, special issue)
20. Annerstedt, M. (2009). Health promotion, environmental psychology and sustainable development – a successful ‘ménage-à-trois’. Global Health Promotion; 16 (1): 49-52.

FCS 200 Urban Forests and Well-Being, UFOR200
SPPH 381C Environmental Impacts on Human Health

Main supervisor:

Ingrid Jarvis, MSc student (Forestry)

Co-supervisor/committee member:

Matteo Andreani, MSc student (visiting student from Padova University, Italy. Forestry)

Ivan Cheung (SPPH)

In Dr van den Bosch’s research, various methods are used, such as systematic reviews, epidemiology, GIS, and randomised trials. She has also developed theories on how external and internal stimuli affect our automatic brain systems, based on neurological findings regarding altruism, pro-social and pro-environmental behaviour.

In the CANUE-project she is co-leader of the Greenness team.

Active research projects:

BlueHealth (
Green Surge (