Dr Zana Vathi has a long-standing interest in sustainability in the context of migration, urban diversity and community cohesion.

Community gardens are a particularly interesting research area within the umbrella of community green projects and have been identified within the UK context as a response to poverty and environmental degradation.

The project that Zana is working on will be linked to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to restore social contact and cohesion and enhance wellbeing particularly in areas that have suffered from other urban and socio-political traumas and will likely feel the consequences of the pandemic more significantly.