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Human-nature connection: a multidisciplinary review


Ives, CD and Giusti, M and Fisher, J and Abson, DJ and Klaniecki, K and Dorninger, C and Laudan, J and Barthel, S and Abernethy, P and Martin-Lopez, B and Raymond, CM and Kendal, D and von Wehrden, H, Human-nature connection: a multidisciplinary review, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 26-27 pp. 106-113. ISSN 1877-3435 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2017.05.005


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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:connectedness to nature
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Urban and regional planning
Research Field:Land use and environmental planning
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Kendal, D (Dr Dave Kendal)
ID Code:123860
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:155
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-01-30
Last Modified:2018-07-17

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