Cultures of Nature and Wellbeing at the Bristol Festival of Nature

Cultures of Nature and Wellbeing participated in the lively multi-venue Festival of Nature organised in Bristol and across the region in June 2017. On a sunny day we took over a conference room in the Watershed overlooking the Bristol Harbourside, and discussed nature and wellbeing from research, policy, community and activist perspectives. Researching Nature in …

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History, Theory and Practices of Nature and Wellbeing

What is the history and heritage of nature and wellbeing interconnections? How might theoretical perspectives developed through research inform or be refined through engagement with practical activities conducted in natural settings? These were some of the questions raised at the Nature and Wellbeing Symposium held at IASH, University of Edinburgh, on 23rd June. The event …

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Starting Conversations: Practitioner Perspectives

On the 8th May, I held the first in a series of interdisciplinary conversations about nature and wellbeing relations at Bath Spa University. The speakers represented practitioner, research, activist and educational perspectives, and as was discovered over the course of the afternoon, approached and understood nature and wellbeing in distinct, though not uncomplimentary, ways. In …

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Definitions of ‘Nature’ and ‘Wellbeing’

I recently returned from a conference organised by the Italian ANDA group, held at University of Udine, where I was able to present a paper on the first stages of my nature and wellbeing research, thanks to the generous support of the Global Academy of Liberal Arts, Bath Spa University. The conference was titled 'Living …

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Reflections on a Nature and Wellbeing Workshop

On the 5th March I was able to run a workshop on Nature and Wellbeing at the AHRC Leadership Fellows Conference in Manchester. Prior to the workshop I had circulated a rough plan for the discussion: 1) This discussion workshop will focus on the theme of ‘Nature’, ‘Wellbeing’, and their interrelation. I will begin the session …

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Race Equality in Nature: What’s Happening in Bristol

To begin the Cultures of Nature and Wellbeing project, I've been researching Bristol-based environmental activities, including local drives to get people out into nature. What I've discovered is a critical, multifaceted and lively conversation concerning race equality in nature being led by BAME naturalists and young people across the city. This first post is mostly a compilation of links …

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