Research

Quoted in the Media

Human Composting Could Help Crowded Cities Bury Their Dead Sustainably. Freethink.

Rethinking Death in America. US News and World Report.

Natural Burials are Rising, and that's Good for the Planet. Pacific Standard.

Urban Cemeteries Running Out Of Space As Baby Boomers Enter Twilight Years. Forbes.

A Hemmed-In Cemetery Finds a Bit More Space. The New York Times.

Reconnecting Urban Planning and Public Health. Next City.

Scarce Cemetery Space Creates Prices to Die For: Cities. Bloomberg News.

A Lifetime After the Baby Boom, a Burial Boom. The New York Times.

America's Looming Burial Crisis. The Atlantic: Citylab.

Tampa Bay Area's Newest Suburbs Set Growth Limit. Tampa Bay Tribune.

Working Papers

Shen, R., Feiock, R., Coutts, C., & Williams, P. Health outcomes from sustainability initiatives in the 500 largest cities in the US.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

*All of the following publications not in open access journals are available through the DigiNole Commons Virtual Repository

Coutts, C., Holmes, T. & Jackson, A. (2019). Forestry policy, conservation activities, and ecosystem services in the remote Misuku Hills of Malawi. Forests, 10(2), 1056.

Coutts, C., Wenger, R, & Duncan, M. (2019). Exploratory analysis of revealed pedestrian paths as cues for designing pedestrian infrastructure. Urban Planning and Development, 145(4).

Coutts, C., Basmajian, C., Sehee, J., Kelty, S. & Williams, P.C. (2018). Natural burial as a land conservation tool in the US. Landscape and Urban Planning, 178, 130-143.

Taylor, C. & Coutts, C. (2018). Greenways as safe routes to school in a Latino community in East Los Angeles. Cities & Health., 3(1-2), 141-157.

Miller, S. & Coutts, C. (2018). A multiple case study of local & creative financing of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Case Studies on Transport Policy, 6(2), 257-264.

Chapin, T. & Coutts, C. (2017). Go-Gos, Slow-Gos, and No-Gos: Analyzing urban migration in Florida's elderly population 2000-2010. Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, 34(1), 49-70.

Jennings, V., Floyd, M., Shanahan, D., Coutts, C., & Sinykin, A. (2017). Emerging issues in urban ecology: Implications for research, social justice, and human health and well-being. Population and Environment, 39(1), 69-86. doi:10.1007/s11111-017-0276-0

Kim, A., Coutts, C., Newman, J., Brandon-Lai, S., & Kim, M.J. (2016). Socio-geographic patterns in participating community-based youth sport programs: Socio-demographic information, sport types, and travel distance. Journal of Amateur Sport, 2(1), 39-72.

Coutts, C. & Hahn, M. (2015). Green infrastructure, ecosystem services, and human health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(8), 9768-9798. Available at: http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/12/8/9768/html

Coutts, C. & Horner, M. (2015). Nature and death: An individual level analysis of the relationship between biophilic environments and mortality in Florida. In P. Kanaroglou, E. Delmelle, A. Paez (Eds.) Spatial Analysis and Health Geography (pp. 295-312). Surrey, UK: Ashgate.

Bae, S., Kwon, S., Coutts, C., Park, S., & Feiock, R. (2015). Development impact fees: A vehicle or restraint for land development? Lex localis - Journal of Local Self-Government, 13(4), 1047-1065.

Coutts, C., Forkink, A., & Weiner, J. (2014). The portrayal of nature in the evolution of the ecological public health paradigm. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11(1), 1005-1019. Available at: http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/11/1/1005

Park, S.C., Coutts, C., & Lee, S.J. (2014). The inclusion of health in county comprehensive planning. The Korean Journal of Policy Studies, 29(1), 1-20.

Coutts, C. & Berke, T. (2013). The extent and context of human health considerations in London's spatial development and climate action strategy. Journal of Urban Planning and Development, 139(4), 322-330.

Coutts, C., Chapin, T., Horner, M., & Taylor, C. (2013). The county-level effects of green space access on physical activity. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 10(2), 232-240.

Coutts, C. (2012). Creating connected open space in Florida: The influence on human use for recreation. Managing Leisure, 17(1), 67-74.

Miles, R., Coutts, C., & Mohamadi, A. (2012). Neighborhood urban form, social environment, and depression. Journal of Urban Health, 89(1), 1-18.

Coutts, C. & Taylor, C. (2011). [Feature article] Putting the capital "E" environment into ecological models of health. Journal of Environmental Health, 74(4), 26-29.

Coutts, C., Basmajian, C., & Chapin, T. (2011). Projecting landscapes of death. Landscape and Urban Planning, 102(4), 254-261.

Coutts, C. & Miles, R. (2011). Greenways as green magnets: The relationship between the race of greenway users and race in proximal neighborhoods. Journal of Leisure Research, 43(3), 317-333.

Coutts, C., Horner, M., & Chapin, T. (2010). Using geographic information systems to model the effects of green space accessibility on mortality in Florida. Geocarto International, 25(6), 471-484.

Coutts, C. (2010). Green infrastructure and public health in the Florida Communities Trust land acquisition program. Planning Practice and Research, 25(4), 439-459.

Basmajian, C., & Coutts, C. (2010). Planning for the disposal of the dead. Journal of the American Planning Association, 76(3), 305-317.

Coutts, C. (2010). Public health ecology. Journal of Environmental Health, 72(6), 53-55.

Coutts, C. (2009). Multiple case studies of the influence of land use type on the distribution of uses along urban river greenways. Urban Planning and Development, 135(1), 31-38.

Coutts, C. (2008). Greenway accessibility and physical activity behavior. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 35(3), 552-563.

Alaimo, K., Bassett, E., Wilkerson, R., Petersmarck, K., Mosack, J., Mendez, D., Coutts, C., Grost, L., & Stegmier, L. (2008). The promoting active communities award: Development of Michigan’s self-assessment tool. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 5(1), 4-18.

Other Publications

Basmajian, C. & Coutts, C. (2019). Death and Burial: In the Past Lies the Future. MONU magazine #31

Grant, M., Brown, C., Caiaffa, W. T., Capon, A., Corburn, J., Coutts, C., Crespo, C. J., Ellis, G., Ferguson, G., Fudge, C., Hancock, T., Lawrence, R. J., Nieuwenhuijsen, M. J., Oni, T., Thompson, S., Wagenaar, C., & Ward Thompson, C. (2017). Cities and health: An evolving global conversation. Cities & Health, 1(1), 1-9. (available online)

Grant, M., Brown, C., Caiaffa, W. T., Capon, A., Corburn, J., Coutts, C., Crespo, C. J., Ellis, G., Ferguson, G., Fudge, C., Hancock, T., Lawrence, R. J., Nieuwenhuijsen, M. J., Oni, T., Thompson, S., Wagenaar, C., & Ward Thompson, C. (2017). Research for city practice. Cities & Health, 1(1), 10-21. (available online)

Coutts, C. (2016). Green infrastructure and public health. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. eISBN 978-1-315-64762-3. 20% discount on purchase with code: FLR40. "A splendid book. Christopher Coutts extends the tradition of Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, and Tony McMichael, showing how green infrastructure—from sweeping natural landscapes to trees to small urban greenspaces—not only provide precious ecosystem services, but are essential to our health, well-being, and even our survival as a species. This book is evidence-based, nuanced, wise, and readable. A signal contribution to public health, environmental studies, and the design professions." Howard Frumkin


Coutts, C., Basmajian, C., Salkin, P., & Merriam, D. (April 2013). Planning for the deceased. American Planning Association Planning Advisory Service (PAS) report #572.


Feiock, R. & Coutts, C. (Eds.) (2013). Climate change and city hall. Special issue of the journal Cityscape.

Feiock, R. & Coutts, C. (2013). Governing the sustainable city. Cityscape, 15(1), 1-8.

Chapin, T., & Coutts, C. (Eds.) (2011). Growth management and public land acquisition: Balancing conservation and development. Surrey, UK: Ashgate.


Coutts, C. (2011). Green infrastructure and public health in the Florida Communities Trust open space acquisition program (reprint). In T. Chapin & C. Coutts (Eds.), Growth management and public land acquisition: Balancing conservation and development. Surrey, UK: Ashgate.

Coutts, C. (2008, November). Green infrastructure connectivity and human health in Florida. Policy Brief, Issue #28. DeVoe Moore Center, Florida State University.

Coutts, C. (2006). Greenway accessibility and physical activity behavior in two Michigan cities. Doctoral dissertation, University of Michigan. ProQuest Digital Dissertations database (Publication No. AAT 3237936).

Coutts, C. (2006). Albuquerque, NM. In Encyclopedia of American Urban History. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Coutts, C. (2004). Book review [Building suburbia: Green fields and urban growth, 1820-2000]. Journal of Planning Literature, 18(4), 458-459.

Selected Presentations

2018 - The ecology of health. The Natural Capital Project, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.

2016 - The ecology of health. US EPA Exposure Methods and Measurement Division, Cincinnati, OH.

2015 - Human health, ecosystem services, and green infrastructure. EcoCity World Summit, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

2013 - Nature and death: An individual level analysis of green space and premature mortality in Florida. Association of European Schools of Planning, Dublin, Ireland.

2012 - Human health in The London Plan: How health is framed in a world city's spatial development and climate action strategy. Association of European Schools of Planning, Ankara, Turkey.

2011 - Urban and environmental planning for public health. Duke University, Durham, NC.

2010 - Developing a GIS methodology to study the relationship between landscape structure and human health in Florida. EcoHealth annual conference, London, UK.

2009 - Creating a connected landscape structure in Florida: A focus on human health benefits. National Environmental Public Health Conference, Atlanta, GA.

2008 - U.S. graduate education. Keynote address. Poornima Engineering College, Jaipur, India.

Grants

2018
US Fulbright Scholar, US Dept of State, Supporting the critical role of nature conservation in the healthy sustainable development of Malawi

2016-2020
Mentor, Health Policy Research Scholar, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

2014
Co-Principal Investigator, FSU Council on Research and Creativity Multidisciplinary Grant
Mapping playways: A socio-geographic network analysis of youth sport and community-based physical activity

2012
Co-Principal Investigator, FSU College of Education Multidisciplinary Grant
Mapping children’s pathways to extramural sport and physical activity

2011
Principal Investigator, FSU Council on Research and Creativity
An innovative environmental support for physical activity among elementary school students in Escambia County, FL

2009
Co-Principal Investigator, Institute for Energy Systems, Economics, and Sustainability
Promoting Energy Sustainability through Land Use, Transportation, and Green Infrastructure Policies

2008
Principal Investigator, DeVoe L. Moore Center research grant
Green Infrastructure Connectivity and Human Health in Florida

2007
Principal Investigator, Florida State University First Year Assistant Professor (FYAP) summer research grant
The Role of Community Health in Public Open Space Acquisition
*Best Poster Award at 2008 FYAP Symposium*

2005-06
Principal Investigator, Active Living Research dissertation grant, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Greenway Accessibility and Physical Activity Behavior in Two Michigan Cities