Recent Submissions

  • Mobile drawing methods in landscape research: collaborative drawing in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

    Fox, Alice; Macpherson, Hannah; Oli, Nischal; Ranjit, Ashmina; Thapa, Sangeeta; Aggett, Sian; Church, Andrew; University of Brighton; British Council, Kathmandu; University of Sussex; et al. (Taylor and Francis, 2022-06-26)
    In this paper, we show how mobile drawing methodologies can bring the dynamic, relational and non-representational qualities of landscape encounters to the foreground. The research paper discusses a mobile drawing project that took place in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. The project entitled ‘Taxi Guff-Gaff’ invited participants to undertake a collaborative drawing and conversational journey. Mobile drawing together on a bumpy taxi journey required artist participants to move together and literally ‘pay attention to the moment at hand’. In so doing it produced imagery that foregrounds the inherent dynamic quality of all our landscape encounters. We propose that mobile drawing offers an immersive way to relate to the urban landscape and each other and can open up spaces of landscape research that centre on speculative forms of thinking, being, drawing and conversation.
  • To survive and thrive

    Crabbe, M. James C.; Yue, Xiao-Guang (2021-12-30)
  • A “magic teleportation machine”: ethnically diverse green space users derive similar cultural ecosystem benefits from urban nature

    Edwards, Rachael C.; Larson, Brendon M.H.; Church, Andrew; University of Waterloo; University of Bedfordshire (Elsevier, 2021-11-29)
    Green spaces are vital to the wellbeing of urban communities, largely due to the many Cultural Ecosystem Benefits (CEB) that nature contributes to outdoor recreation experiences (e.g., relaxation, inspiration, spiritual enrichment). To ensure equity in the distribution of CEB, however, we require a better understanding of how they relate to ethnicity. Through 100 in-situ semi-structured interviews with green space users in the Lee Valley Regional Park, London, UK, this research explored variation in outdoor recreational CEB based on i) ethnicity and ii) green space activity and attribute preferences. We compared green space preferences and CEB of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) and white users of two distinct types of urban green space: parks and more biodiverse Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs). Both white and BAME visitors to parks prioritized games/sports and built features whereas visitors to SSSIs more often undertook wildlife viewing and prioritized natural features. However, we found that white and BAME users of both types of urban green space derived similar CEB. Peace and relaxation were primary among these benefits, a result of both nature interaction and its contrast to the urban environment. These results demonstrate that nature does not have to be the focal point of outdoor recreation to contribute to wellbeing; rather, even as a backdrop to sports and cultural activities, nature provides similar benefits to green space users. To promote use of green space and foster intercultural understanding, we recommend integrating these shared benefits obtained from nature within marketing and engagement strategies. Future research is needed to explore CEB variation within and among distinct ethnic communities to fully capture the diversity of lived experiences.
  • A strategic plan for water related recreation in Wales

    Ravenscroft, Neil; Church, Andrew; Taylor, Becky; Hughes, Geoff; Young, J.; Curry, N.; University of Brighton; G & L Hughes Ltd; Plumpton College (Environment Agency, 2008-01-01)
  • Assessing nature's contributions to people

    Diaz, Sandra; Pascual, Unai; Stenseke, Marie; Martin-Lopez, Berta; Watson, Robert T.; Molnár, Zsolt; Hill, Rosemary; Chan, Kai M.A.; Baste, Ivar A.; Brauman, Kate A.; et al. (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2018-01-19)
    A major challenge today and into the future is to maintain or enhance beneficial contributions of nature to a good quality of life for all people. This is among the key motivations of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), a joint global effort by governments, academia, and civil society to assess and promote knowledge of Earth's biodiversity and ecosystems and their contribution to human societies in order to inform policy formulation. One of the more recent key elements of the IPBES conceptual framework (1) is the notion of nature's contributions to people (NCP), which builds on the ecosystem service concept popularized by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) (2). But as we detail below, NCP as defined and put into practice in IPBES differs from earlier work in several important ways. First, the NCP approach recognizes the central and pervasive role that culture plays in defining all links between people and nature. Second, use of NCP elevates, emphasizes, and operationalizes the role of indigenous and local knowledge in understanding nature's contribution to people.
  • Setting the scene - chapter 2: conceptual framework and methodology : the UK National Ecosystem Assessment Technical Report

    Mace, G.; Bateman, I.; Albon, S.; Balmford, A.; Brown, C.; Church, Andrew; Haines-Young, R.; Pretty, J.; Turner, K.; Vira, B.; et al. (United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), 2011-06-01)
  • The UK National Ecosystem Assessment technical report

    Church, Andrew; UNEP-WCMC (UK National Ecosystem Assessment, 2011-06-01)
  • UK National Ecosystem Assessment: understanding nature's value to society: synthesis of key findings

    Aspinall, R.; Austen, M.; Bardgett, R.; Bateman, I.; Berry, P.; Bird, W.; Bradbury, R.; Brown, C.; Bullock, J.; Burgess, Jacquelin; et al. (UNEP-WCMC, 2011-06-01)
  • Home, the culture of nature and meanings of gardens in late modernity

    Bhatti, Mark; Church, Andrew (Routledge, 2004-01-01)
    The growth in the provision of gardens has been an important feature of housing in the UK during the 20th century, and yet the significance of the humble domestic garden has been neglected in studies of housing and home. This paper examines the role of the garden in the meaning of home, and draws on theoretical discussions of nature, environmental risk and social uncertainty in late modernity. Secondary empirical data is used to investigate the changing uses of gardens and practices of gardening. A survey of garden owners provides primary empirical data to examine meanings of gardens and personal experiences of nature. The paper concludes that the garden is an important site for privacy, sociability and sensual connections to nature, and these activities can be understood as negotiations and practices to address the social and environmental paradoxes of late modern life.
  • Improving access for canoeing on inland waterways in England

    Ravenscroft, Neil; Gilchrist, Paul; Church, Andrew; Hickey, R.; Hammond, B. (2004-06-30)
  • Arts & humanities perspectives on Cultural Ecosystem Services (CES)

    Coates, P.; Brady, Emily; Church, Andrew; Cowell, B.; Daniels, S.; DeSilvey, C.; Fish, Rob; Holyoak, V.; Horrell, D.; Mackey, S.; et al. (UNEP-WCMC, LWEC, UK, 2014-04-01)
  • UKNEAFO work package report 6: shared, plural and cultural values of ecosystems – summary

    Kenter, Jasper O.; Reed, Mark S.; Irvine, Katherin N.; O'Brien, Liz; Brady, Emily; Bryce, Ros; Christie, Michael; Church, Andrew; Cooper, Nigel; Davies, Althea; et al. (UNEP-WCMC, LWEC, UK, 2014-01-01)
  • Beyond the water efficiency calculators

    Robinson, D.; Adeyeye, O.; Madgwick, D.; Church, Andrew (WATEF Network/ University of Brighton, 2014-09-09)
    Evidence suggests that since water shortages are partly rooted in human behaviour, theenvironmental impact can consequently be managed through behaviour change. Beforebehaviour change can occur the existing behaviour must first be observed, and theinfluences understood. Even though research in environmental behaviour is abundant,past studies attempting to link psychological variables to conservation behaviour arethought to have produced mixed, inconclusive findings. Moreover, most of this researchhas concentrated on recycling and energy conservation, and there are still few studiesinvestigating the combined physical, sociological and psychological aspects of householdwater usage to a sufficient level of detail and granularity.This paper presents findings of an initial review of behavioural theories and models inexisting literature learning from the broad evidence in resource efficiency studies forspecific applications to water efficiency. The paper concludes with an integratedframework for the design and delivery of water efficiency interventions. This frameworkwill provide the theoretical basis to a study which aims to propose a simplifiedintervention approach that integrates the physical, sociological and psychologicalinfluences in water efficiency interventions.The resulting framework is also beneficial in the wider context to align detailed andaccurate water end use data with a range of socio-demographic, stock inventory,residential attitude and behavioural factors. This will aid the development of tools andtechniques that are capable of revealing the determinants of water end use. This willcontribute to even more robust understanding of water demand and inform the design ofeffective water use interventions.
  • UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow-on: work package report 5: cultural ecosystem services and indicators

    Church, Andrew; Fish, Rob; Haines-Young, Roy; Mourato, S.; Tratalos, Jamie A.; Stapleton, L.M.; Willis, Cheryl; Coates, P.; Gibbons, Simon; Leyshon, C.; et al. (UNEP-WCMC, LWEC, UK, 2014-01-01)
  • Review of attitudes and preferences for water efficiency in homes

    Robinson, D.; Adeyeye, O.; Madgwick, D.; Church, Andrew (WATEF Network/ University of Brighton, 2014-09-09)
    Governments now recognise that climate change and its consequences need to beaddressed by changing people's attitudes, behaviour and every day practises. Socialfactors such as occupancy numbers and demographics, age of inhabitants, occupation ofinhabitants, personal habits, perceptions and attitudes, lifestyle and values of the wateruser influences how water is consumed in a building. Water efficiency strategies inbuildings should therefore aim to understand what people care about, and preserve thethings they consider important. Therefore it is necessary to understand the knowledge,views and priorities of water consumption within a property before deploying waterefficiency interventions.This paper presents findings from two studies designed to further understand water use indomestic properties, specifically looking at habits, lifestyles and attitudes towards waterconsumption. The aim is to establish the how these have changed since the first survey.The quantitative survey methodology was utilised and the data from the 503 respondentswas analysed using statistical analysis packages. 66% of the respondents were from theSouth East region of the UK and only the findings from these groups are presented in thispaper. The study found increased metering in the region since the first survey and that themetering program has resulted in changes in attitudes and awareness. The findings alsodraw on a change in barriers to the uptake of water efficient technologies. Furtherfindings demonstrate that water Company practises appear to contribute to theenvironmental knowledge of respondents. Findings from this study will inform the nextstages of a doctoral study which aims to propose a methodology for designing andimplementing customised water efficiency interventions in homes.
  • 21st century catch toolkit: practical approaches for sustainable inshore fishing communities

    Acott, T.; Urquhart, J.; Church, Andrew; Kennard, M.; Gallic, B.; Leplat, M.; Lescrawauet, A.; Nourry, M.; Orchard-Webb, Johanne; Roelofs, M.; et al. (University of Greenwich, 2014-09-04)
    The 21st Century Catch Toolkit is a product of the INTERREG IVa 2 Seas project GIFS (Geography of Inshore Fishing and Sustainability). Work on the GIFS project was completed between January 2012 and September 2014 and was undertaken by a collaboration of six partners from four European countries bordering the Southern North Sea and English Channel. GIFS aimed to understand and capture the social, economic and cultural importance of inshore fishing to better inform fisheries policy, coastal regeneration strategies and sustainable community development. The project has involved a range of research projects, regeneration activities and case studies across southern England, northern France, Flanders and the southern Netherlands. GIFS partners have worked with local stakeholders and communities to explore the geographical diversity and similarities of fishing ports, harbours and people along the Channel and Southern North Sea. This toolkit is a product of that collaboration which provides useful findings and advice on how to value the social, economic and cultural importance of inshore fishing today.
  • Shared, plural and cultural values: a handbook for decision-makers

    Kenter, Jasper O.; Reed, Mark S.; Everard, Mark; Irvine, Katherin N.; O'Brien, Liz; Molloy, Claire; Bryce, Ros; Brady, Emily; Christie, Michael; Church, Andrew; et al. (UNEP-WCMC, 2014-01-01)
  • UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow-on: work package report 6: shared, plural and cultural values of ecosystems

    Kenter, Jasper O.; Reed, Mark S.; Irvine, Katherin N.; O'Brien, E.; Brady, Emily; Bryce, Ros; Christie, Michael; Church, Andrew; Cooper, Nigel; Davies, Althea; et al. (UNEP-WCMC, LWEC, UK, 2014-01-01)
  • UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow-on: synthesis of the key findings

    Anger, A.; Baker, J.; Bateman, I.; Bentley, S.; Blyth, N.; Bowles-Newark, N.; Brown, C.; Brown, I.; Byrne, J.; Church, Andrew; et al. (UNEP-WCMC, LWEC, UK, 2014-01-01)

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