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Countryside within the city: A motivating vision behind civic green area stewardship in Warsaw, Poland
Stockholm Resilience Centre.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Building Engineering, Energy Systems and Sustainability Science, Environmental Science. Stockholm Resilience Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2637-2024
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Building Engineering, Energy Systems and Sustainability Science, Environmental Science. Stockholm Resilience Centre; The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7644-7448
2020 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 12, no 6, article id 2313Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the midst of the epoch of the Urban Anthropocene, citizen engagement is an important step on the path of creating local and global sustainability. However, the factors that motivate civic urban dwellers to become voluntary stewards of nature environments inside cities need research. This is an empirical study based on deep interviews and a grounded theory approach focused on the“inner world” of people inWarsaw, Poland, that engage in green area stewardship. Our approach reveals a commonly shared vision as the prime motivator powering agency in green area stewardship.This vision was articulated as creating a countryside within the city characterized by a stronger sense of community, a shared sense of place and an enhanced connection with nature. While other studies have found inner values or direct benefits as motivating factors for engaging in urban stewardship,we instead found a green vision for re-designing what the “urban” could be like as the prime motivator for transformation—a vision with potential global sustainability implications.

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MDPI , 2020. Vol. 12, no 6, article id 2313
Keywords [en]
environmental management; community gardens; urban stewardship; social-ecological systems; qualitative analysis; grounded theory; green area activism; community; place; values
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Social Anthropology
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Sustainable Urban Development
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-32078DOI: 10.3390/su12062313ISI: 000523751400160Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85083063448OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-32078DiVA, id: diva2:1416766
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Stephan Barthel's work has been funded by University of Gavle and Stockholm Resilience Centre, as well as by funds from FORMAS/The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning. The project is called Spatial and Experiential Analyses for Urban Social Sustainability (ZEUS) (reference number: 2016-01193). Johan Colding's work has been funded by the University of Gavle and also partly through a research grant (reference number: 2017-00937) received from the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS), and through means provided by the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Stockholm, Sweden.

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