Stories of favourite Places in public spaces: Emotional responses to landscape change

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Stories of favourite Places in public spaces : Emotional responses to landscape change. / Riechers, Maraja; Henkel, Werner; Engbers, Moritz et al.

In: Sustainability (Switzerland), Vol. 11, No. 14, 3851, 15.07.2019.

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@article{64837427f17a4894914278d2ff722896,
title = "Stories of favourite Places in public spaces: Emotional responses to landscape change",
abstract = "Understanding emotions is necessary to analyse underlying motivations, values and drivers for behaviours. In landscapes that are rapidly changing, for example, due to land conversion for intensive agriculture, a sense of powerlessness of the inhabitants can be common, which may negatively influence their emotional bond to the landscape they are living in. To uncover varied emotional responses towards landscape change we used an innovative approach that combined transdisciplinary and artistic research in an intensively farmed landscape in Germany. In this project, we focused on the topic of favourite places in public spaces, and how change in such places was experienced. Drawing on workshops and interviews, we identified themes of externally driven societal and internal personal influences on the public favourite places. “Resilient” emotional responses towards landscape change showed a will to integrate the modifications, while “non-resilient” responses were characterised by frustration and despair. We argue that identifying emotions towards change can be valuable to strengthen adaptive capacity and to foster sustainability. ",
keywords = "Sustainability Science, Environmental planning, Land art, Landscape change, leverage points, nature connectedness, sustainbility transitions, thematic analysis, Transdisciplinarity research",
author = "Maraja Riechers and Werner Henkel and Moritz Engbers and J{\"o}rn Fischer",
year = "2019",
month = jul,
day = "15",
doi = "10.3390/su11143851",
language = "English",
volume = "11",
journal = "Sustainability",
issn = "2071-1050",
publisher = "MDPI AG",
number = "14",

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KW - sustainbility transitions

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