Engaging design for ecological citizenship: Informing approaches to human‐nature interactions

Phillips, Rob and Matsuda, Naho (2022) Engaging design for ecological citizenship: Informing approaches to human‐nature interactions. Journal of Design, Business & Society, 8 (1). pp. 39-68. ISSN 2055-2106

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The COVID-19 pandemic forefronted public urban and suburban nature interactions. ‘Human‐nature interactions’ produce positive health impacts, knowledge production, risk perception, sustainable behaviour, engagement in conservation and more. Governmental and charitable reporting documents ‘nature deficit disorder’. The Design Economy report (2021) highlights that social, environmental and economic design must engage communities. Ergo, building community empowerment, is paramount to catalyse and embed sustainable design practices. The authors define a contemporary design space, unpick strategies and present ‘approaches to human‐nature interactions’ insights. The My Naturewatch (NW) project features an accessible DIY camera trap, fostering beneficial nature engagements regardless of location, technological and/or wildlife expertise. NW is central within the outlined design space. The article reports on NW deployment(s) and catalysing organizations and communities. Three studies include: (1) The Wildlife Trusts #30dayswild, digital campaign, (2) The Durrell Trust, placed-based activity and (3) Nova New Opportunities, working with re-located communities. The authors acknowledge communities are sacrosanct and a substantial sustainable design asset for regeneration. The work leverages contemporary ‘phy-digital’ engagements, highlighting practices of social, environmental and public design spaces. The findings insights benefit cultural institutions, practitioners, conservation projects and more.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding Information: The work was funded through EPSRC funding grant EP/P006353/1 and an EPSRC ‘Telling Tales’ engagement grant.
Uncontrolled Keywords: community, design strategy, engaging design, nature engagement, open design, participatory, sustainability
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2023 09:25
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2023 09:25
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/51520

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