Paradise Regained? Localised and Limited Nature Connexions in the UK's Covid-19 Lockdown

DOBSON, Julian, GORE, Tony, GRAHAM, Kim and SWADE, Kate (2021). Paradise Regained? Localised and Limited Nature Connexions in the UK's Covid-19 Lockdown. Frontiers in Sustainable Cities, 3.

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    Abstract

    Research has suggested that connexions between humans and the natural world lead to increased well-being and generate pro-environmental attitudes, which in turn benefit nature. This article asks whether users of outdoor public spaces in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 experienced greater connectedness with nature, consistent with the five “pathways to nature connectedness” identified in previous research. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of 42 individuals on their use of green and public spaces during the UK's lockdown, while a further 29 participants responded to an online survey. While the research revealed the importance of nature connectedness, only three of the five pathways were well-evidenced, and these connexions were frequently mediated by social activities. The article advances the study of nature connectedness by identifying challenges in applying the pathways framework and suggesting areas for further research to understand how the pathways operate in real-world conditions.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: ** From Frontiers via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for this article: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ **Journal IDs: eissn 2624-9634 **History: published_online 23-12-2021; accepted 30-11-2021; submitted 11-05-2021; collection 2021
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable Cities, nature connexions, green space, COVID-19, parks, human-environmental relationships, well-being
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.3389/frsc.2021.708209
    SWORD Depositor: Colin Knott
    Depositing User: Colin Knott
    Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2022 14:53
    Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 15:00
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29564

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