Welcome to the World Playground Research Institute

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Playgrounds have always held a special place in the hearts of children worldwide. These vibrant spaces brimming with laughter, exploration, and boundless energy are not just a source of entertainment but also crucial for children’s health and development.

Recognizing the immense potential playgrounds hold, the World Playground Research Institute is proud to announce the launch of its new website – a platform dedicated to sharing research and knowledge on playgrounds that stimulate children’s development.

Playgrounds are not just for fun

Research shows that good playgrounds can boost children’s health and development – both physically, socially, and mentally.

Our mission is to ensure that more children around the world have access to playgrounds that stimulate their health and development. To achieve this, we advocate for evidence-informed playground planning and design. We firmly believe that by integrating scientific research and data-driven insights into the playground planning process, we can create environments that optimize children’s physical, cognitive, and social development. To support this, we make evidence easily accessible to everyone wanting to plan and design a good playground.

Innovative communication towards a better world for children

We understand that effective communication is key to raising awareness about the importance of playgrounds in children’s lives. We will employ innovative and engaging methods to effectively convey research findings.

Led by Professor Jasper Schipperijn, along with a team of interdisciplinary researchers who share a passion for unlocking the potential of playgrounds.

With the launch of our new website, we invite you to embark on this journey with us. The website will serve as a hub of knowledge, featuring Briefs, Projects, News, and Articles related to playgrounds and children’s development.

Whether you are a researcher, designer, architect, educator or parent, the World Playground Research Institute’s website will provide you with valuable insights and inspiration to create playgrounds that truly make a difference.


Please feel free to contact the listed team members below. Select the team member to view their full profile, social media and contact details.