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Giusti, Matteo
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Giusti, M. (2019). Connecting land: vision and synergies for nature-connecting habitats. Cities & Health
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Connecting land: vision and synergies for nature-connecting habitats
2019 (English)In: Cities & Health, ISSN 2374-8834Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
National Category
Landscape Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-31088 (URN)
Available from: 2019-11-26 Created: 2019-11-26 Last updated: 2019-11-27Bibliographically approved
Giusti, M. (2019). Human-nature relationships in context. Experiential, psychological, and contextual dimensions that shape children’s desire to protect nature. PLoS ONE
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Human-nature relationships in context. Experiential, psychological, and contextual dimensions that shape children’s desire to protect nature
2019 (English)In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

What relationship with nature shapes children’s desire to protect the environment? This study crosses conventional disciplinary boundaries to explore this question. I use qualitative and quantitative methods to analyse experiential, psychological, and contextual dimensions of Human-Nature Connection (HNC) before and after children participate in a project of nature conservation. The results from the interviews (N=25) suggest that experiential aspects of saving animals enhance children’s appreciation and understanding for animals, nature, and nature conservation. However, the analysis of children’s psychological HNC (N=158) shows no statistical difference before and after children participate in the project. Analysing the third dimension – children’s contextual HNC – provides further insights. Including children’s contextual relations with home, nature, and city, not only improves the prediction of their desire to work for nature, but also exposes a form of Human-Nature Disconnection (HND) shaped by children’s closeness to cities that negatively influence it. Overall, combining experiential, psychological, and contextual dimensions of HNC provides rich insights to advance the conceptualisation and assessment of human-nature relationships. People’s relationship with nature is better conceived and analysed as systems of relations between mind, body, culture, and environment, which progress through complex dynamics. Future assessments of HNC and HND would benefit from short-term qualitative and long-term quantitative evaluations that explicitly acknowledge their spatial and cultural contexts. This approach would offer novel and valuable insights to promote the psychological and social determinants of resilient sustainable society.

Keywords
human-nature connection; human-nature relationships; nature conservation; children; nature experience; multi-disciplinary assessment
National Category
Applied Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-31087 (URN)10.1371/journal.pone.0225951 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-11-26 Created: 2019-11-26 Last updated: 2019-11-27Bibliographically approved
Giusti, M. & Samuelsson, K. (2019). The regenerative compatibility: a synergy between healthy ecosystems, environmental attitudes, and restorative experiences. PLoS ONE
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The regenerative compatibility: a synergy between healthy ecosystems, environmental attitudes, and restorative experiences
2019 (English)In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
National Category
Landscape Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-31089 (URN)
Available from: 2019-11-26 Created: 2019-11-26 Last updated: 2019-11-28Bibliographically approved
Barthel, S., Belton, S., Raymond, C. & Giusti, M. (2018). Fostering Children’s Connection to Nature Through Authentic Situations: The Case of Saving Salamanders at School. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, Article ID 928.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fostering Children’s Connection to Nature Through Authentic Situations: The Case of Saving Salamanders at School
2018 (English)In: Frontiers in Psychology, ISSN 1664-1078, E-ISSN 1664-1078, Vol. 9, article id 928Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

 The aim of this paper is to explore how children learn to form new relationships with nature. It draws on a longitudinal case study of children participating in a stewardship project involving the conservation of salamanders during the school day in Stockholm, Sweden. The qualitative method includes two waves of data collection: when a group of 10-year-old children participated in the project (2015) and 2 years after they participated (2017). We conducted 49 interviews with children as well as using participant observations and questionnaires. We found indications that children developed sympathy for salamanders and increased concern and care for nature, and that such relationships persisted 2 years after participation. Our rich qualitative data suggest that whole situations of sufficient unpredictability triggering free exploration of the area, direct sensory contact and significant experiences of interacting with a species were important for children’s development of affective relationships  with the salamander species and with nature in an open-ended sense. Saving the lives of trapped animals enabled direct sensory interaction, feedback, increased understanding, and development of new skills for dynamically exploring further ways of saving species in an interactive process experienced as deeply meaningful, enjoyable and connecting. The behavioral setting instilled a sense of pride and commitment, and the high degree of responsibility given to the children while exploring the habitat during authentic situations enriched children’s enjoyment. The study has implications for the design of education programs that aim to connect children with nature and for a child-sensitive urban policy that supports authentic nature situations in close spatial proximity to preschools and schools.

Keywords
nature experience, affordances, affective relationships with nature, urban, situated learning, stewardship, qualitative methods, longitudinal approach
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-29120 (URN)10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00928 (DOI)000434680800001 ()29937747 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85048250371 (Scopus ID)
Projects
ZEUS - Spatial and Experiential Analyzes for Urban Social Sustainability
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2016-01193
Available from: 2019-01-15 Created: 2019-01-15 Last updated: 2019-11-22Bibliographically approved
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