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Multiple factors shape the interaction of people with urban greenspace: Sweden as a case study

Elbakidze, Marine and Dawson, Lucas and Milberg, Per and Mikusinski, Grzegorz and Hedblom, Marcus and Kruhlov, Ivan and Yamelynets, Taras and Schaffer, Christina and Johansson, Karl-Erik and Grodzynskyi, Mykhailo (2022). Multiple factors shape the interaction of people with urban greenspace: Sweden as a case study. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. 74 , 127672
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Abstract

This study identifies and analyses multiple factors that impact people's interactions with urban greenspace in Sweden. An unrestricted, self-selected online survey was used to collect the data. The survey questions were related to individual characteristics of respondents, including socio-demographic characteristics, self-reported nature connectedness, and self-reported constraints to greenspace usage; perceived characteristics of urban greenspace, including its availability, quality, and accessibility, and benefits and problems; and preferences of respondents regarding types of urban greenspace and activities. Additionally, several spatially explicit variables were included in the analysis. A total of 2806 respondents from 208 (of 290) municipalities completed the survey. Our findings indicate that greenspace users are highly heterogeneous and utilise diverse green spaces along the urban-peri-urban gradient for various benefits. The statistical analyses identified 61 explanatory variables that affect the frequency of interactions with urban greenspace. In addition, we identify key factors that shape critical differences between frequent and infrequent urban users, such as nature connectedness, perceptions of urban greenspace functions, and their perceived accessibility. Our results highlight the complex challenge facing urban planners and managers of green spaces, who have to consider and integrate a vast array of factors influencing the willingness of increasingly diverse urban populations to interact with greenspace.

Authors/Creators:Elbakidze, Marine and Dawson, Lucas and Milberg, Per and Mikusinski, Grzegorz and Hedblom, Marcus and Kruhlov, Ivan and Yamelynets, Taras and Schaffer, Christina and Johansson, Karl-Erik and Grodzynskyi, Mykhailo
Title:Multiple factors shape the interaction of people with urban greenspace: Sweden as a case study
Series Name/Journal:Urban Forestry and Urban Greening
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:74
Article number:127672
Number of Pages:12
ISSN:1618-8667
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 6 Humanities > 604 Arts > Architecture
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 507 Social and Economic Geography > Human Geography
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 2 Engineering and Technology > 201 Civil Engineering > Architectural Engineering
Keywords:Preferences for urban greenspace, Perceptions of urban greenspace, Individual, characteristics of greenspace users, Frequent users, Urban green planning
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-118303
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-118303
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1016/j.ufug.2022.127672
Web of Science (WoS)000835299700001
ID Code:28760
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(S) > School for Forest Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:02 Sep 2022 13:30
Metadata Last Modified:02 Sep 2022 13:31

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