Human–nature connection: a multidisciplinary review

Ives, Christopher D. and Giusti, Matteo and Fischer, Joern and Abson, David J. and Klaniecki, Kathleen and Dorninger, Christian and Laudan, Josefine and Barthel, Stephan and Abernethy, Paivi and Martín-López, Berta and Raymond, Christopher M. and Kendal, Dave and Von Wehrden, Henrik (2017) Human–nature connection: a multidisciplinary review. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 26-27 . pp. 106-113. ISSN 1877-3443

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Abstract

In sustainability science calls are increasing for humanity to (re-)connect with nature, yet no systematic synthesis of the empirical literature on human–nature connection (HNC) exists. We reviewed 475 publications on HNC and found that most research has concentrated on individuals at local scales, often leaving ‘nature’ undefined. Cluster analysis identified three subgroups of publications: first, HNC as mind, dominated by the use of psychometric scales, second, HNC as experience, characterised by observation and qualitative analysis; and third, HNC as place, emphasising place attachment and reserve visitation. To address the challenge of connecting humanity with nature, future HNC scholarship must pursue cross-fertilization of methods and approaches, extend research beyond individuals, local scales, and Western societies, and increase guidance for sustainability transformations.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Nature connection, Sustainability transformation, Environmental psychology, Nature experience, Place attachment
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Geography
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.cosust.2017.05.005
Depositing User: Ives, Chris
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2017 07:52
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2017 06:08
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/43831

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