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World Playground Research Institute

The World Playground Research Institute is dedicated to promoting children’s health, well-being, physical activity, and positive development globally by conducting research and leading advocacy for evidence-informed playground planning and design.

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Discover our resources created to support our global mission of caring children’s overall development through scientifically designed playgrounds that promote growth.


Explore our institute’s active engagement in developing playgrounds’ future through innovative research and current projects.


We are dedicated to sharing valuable insights from research studies and reviews through concise and accessible publications.


Explore our article database for a comprehensive array of global research and insights, offering diverse perspectives and knowledge.


Stay up-to-date and engaged through the latest news, project updates, events, and activities specific to playground research.

Latest News

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Research Spotlight: Morgan Hughey

“Movement, including sports and play, have always been a key part of my life. I played softball in college and as an undergraduate student, I joined my first research study to help collect data on how community members were using a newly constructed rail trail. I have been passionate about community physical activity ever since!”

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April, 2024

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The World Playground Research Institute is dedicated to sharing projects and research, ensuring that valuable insights from our partners are…
April, 2024

Get to know Line from the World Playground Research Team

With a bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy, and after working in various fields for ten years, Line Madsen wanted to dive…
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April, 2024

Project Spotlight: Learn more about YoPA!

At the World Playground Research Institute we are committed to sharing projects and research findings, ensuring that the knowledge gained…
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April, 2024

Research Spotlight: Amy Stringer

Meet Amy Stringer, a playground researcher from the UK, who is beginning her academic journey as a PhD student at…
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March, 2024

Embracing Active Living Through Play

We are thrilled to announce our participation in the Active Living Conference 2024, set to take place in Chattanooga, Tennessee,…
March, 2024

Research Spotlight: Aaron Hipp

“Whether it was playgrounds as a child, or sports, hikes, camping, and working, I have always enjoyed being and playing…
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February, 2024

Research Spotlight: Jenny Veitch 

The World Playground Research Institute is fortunate to have several global connections and collaborators, including Jenny Veitch. Jenny is a…
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February, 2024

Get to know Mette from the World Playground Research Team

For over 10 years, Mette Toftager has immersed herself in researching physical activity and public health. Her passion lies in…
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December, 2023

Get to know Charlotte from the World Playground Research Team

Meet Charlotte Pawlowski, an associate professor at the University of Southern Denmark and part of the World Playground Research Institute.

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