Anna Bornioli

PhD Student

Department of Geography and Environment Management

About Anna Anna Bornioli

Anna is a PhD researcher in the Centre for Transport and Society, supported by a studentship from the Faculty of Environment and Technology. Anna’s PhD project is exploring the experience of walking in urban areas and its restorative potential on psychological wellbeing.

Anna has experience in the fields of heritage interpretation, active mobility and community involvement both in Italy and the UK. Before starting the PhD at UWE, she worked as a project assistant for Edinburgh World Heritage, contributing to the development and implementation of Edinburgh’s Community Map. The project investigated how individuals perceive the World Heritage Site of Edinburgh, while encouraging active travel.

Anna has a MA in Cultural Economics (distinction) from the University of Bologna and a BSc in Economics from the University of Cagliari. During her studies she completed one year at City University London as an exchange student.

Area of expertise

  • Wellbeing determinants related to built and natural environments;
  • Restorative environments;
  • Enablers of active travel related to the built environment;
  • Mobilities and walking experience;
  • Urban policies for heritage interpretation and promotion;
  • Mixed methods research;
  • Quantitative research methods including questionnaire design, online surveys, statistical analysis with SPSS, experimental design;
  • Qualitative research methods including in-depth interviews, visual methods, workshop facilitation, urban ethnography, map sketching.


Bornioli, A., Parkhurst, G., Morgan, P. and Short, M. (2016) Affective appraisals of urban walking: The role of heritage environments. In: 48th Meeting of the Universities' Transport Study Group (UTSG), Bristol, UK, 6-8 January 2016.

Bornioli, A. (2016) Restorative outcomes of walking in different urban settings. In: IAPS International Association People-Places Young Researchers Workshop, Alnarp, Sweden, 26-27 June 2016.

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