Artful and sensory sustainability science: Exploring novel methodological perspectives

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Sustainability science is marked by a quarter century of conceptual and methodological development. Despite successful expansion and promising experiences, there are limitations to be considered. This article argues that novel methodologies and methods need to be developed and employed to better grasp the qualitative complexity of human life, including its multisensorial and aesthetic dimensions. The methodological perspectives of sensory ethnography and arts-based research are discussed and a case study, in which pertinent methods have been employed, is presented. The article ends with an outlook on the potential of artful and sensory sustainability science.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Environmental Management and Sustainability
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)431-442
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 30.09.2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
is research project was funded by the “Niedersächsiches Vorab” of the Lower-Saxonian Ministry of Research as part of their new “Science for Sustainable Development” program.

Publisher Copyright:
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    Research areas

  • Sustainability Science - Sustainability science, Sensory studies, Arts-based research, Methods, Qualitative complexity