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Coastal transformations and connections: revealing values through the community voice method

Coastal transformations and connections: revealing values through the community voice method

Acott, Timothy G., Willis, Cheryl, Ranger, Sue, Cumming, Gabriel, Richardson, Peter, O'Neil, Rose and Ford, Adriana (2022) Coastal transformations and connections: revealing values through the community voice method. People and Nature. ISSN 2575-8314 (Online) (doi:

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1. A wealth of evidence suggests an important relationship between nature and human health and well-being and this appears to hold particular resonance for coastal environments. Notably, this relationship has been explored in assessments of ecosystem services, or the benefits that people derive from nature.
2. In this paper, we extend the debate to encompass ideas around relational values which considers that human well-being is derived from relationships with nature rather than being solely delivered as the benefits commonly suggested in the ecosystem services literature.
3. The paper draws on conceptual ideas around relational values, sense of place, and environmental justice to understand the values and importance of coastal environments for people.
4. These value concepts are explored through detailed narratives revealed by participants in two case study UK coastal locations, using a form of civic dialogue and videography approach called Community Voice Method (CVM).
5. We find that despite levels of relative deprivation in our case study locations, interviewees express values which are striking in terms of the depth of care felt; values which are ‘time-deepened’ and shaped not only by what people do and are able to do but also by personal histories and memories which remain strong despite material changes and transformations in people’s lives and the places they live.
6. The CVM method in addition provides a practical approach for creating deliberative spaces to explore those deeply embodied and shared connections to the coast which are important and should have greater prominence in coastal management policy and practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: coast; well-being; cultural ecosystem services; relational values; environmental justice; sense of place; community voice method
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)
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