UCLIC Research Seminar Series
Over the last few years, we have seen growing research and policy interest in the potential for time spent with nature to promote feelings of health and wellbeing. Yet relatively little effort has been made to understand such experiences in the varied contexts of life with impairment or disability. What 'nature' is and what it means to different people can vary according to the environments we grow up in, those we experience over time, and with the many stories that circulate about nature within different societies and across generations. This presentation will draw on the findings of a two-year in-depth qualitative study, 'Sensing Nature', foregrounding how people with varying forms and severities of sight impairment describe their experiences with(in) diverse types of nature through the life course. In doing so, it responds to recent calls to make room for a range of nature experiences, folding social justice into the growing momentum to connect people with nature in the name of health and wellbeing.
Dr Sarah Bell is a Lecturer at the University of Exeter, UK, whose research focuses on the complex intersections between human health, wellbeing and the interlinked physical, social and cultural environments in which people live, work and move. Sarah's work is underpinned by a passion for qualitative methodological development, designing sensitive approaches that promote critical awareness of alternative ways of embodying, experiencing and interpreting diverse everyday geographies.