The research has the following fundamental elements:
- an analysis of the use of different greenspace types and the values attached to greenspace in order to provide the means of maximising the valued functions of greenspace;
- the application of qualitative techniques and quantitative methodologies, in particular the combined use of economic valuation methods and visualisation techniques;
- the on-going use of public participation to explore greenspace needs and to guide the future planning of greenspace provision.

The research will assess how strategic planning can maximise the contribution that different areas of urban open and greenspace make to quality of life. By combining a planning, ecological and socio-economic assessment, the project will categorise the existing provision of greenspace in sample cities. It will describe the use that is made of greenspace and evaluate the extent to which existing greenspace meets social needs. Environmental economists and social scientists will establish the relative importance of greenspace attributes and the combination of greenspace types that maximise public welfare. Spatial scientists and visualisation experts will develop three dimensional models for the future development of greenspace. Through such means, the research will identify how greenspace can maximise public utility while contributing to economic prosperity