Hildy was awarded a studentship to join the University of Sheffield as a PhD student. Her research investigated the public’s perception of small urban green spaces, and how to design them so that the users enjoy them and receive the maximum benefits from them in terms of restorative effects.
She has a background in social science and used an interdisciplinary approach to investigate which design attributes are the most likely to achieve this effect.
Hildy has previously worked at the Town and Country Planning Association where she helped coordinate the Green Infrastructure Partnership and assisted with research on health and the built environment.
From a previous career in events management she also has a love of organising complex operations that she hopes to be able to put to use with pilot projects and in-situ landscape interventions.