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Visual Ethnography for Community Participation in Urban Development
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to assess how inhabitants of the Lidköping community value or perceive their surrounding in relation to urban planning, specifically the new Hamnstaden urban development. This perception was collected as data mainly through photos, conceived here as visual ethnography, combined with written responses. As the trend of urbanization continues to grow around the world, who or what is determining how cities are built? What elements of our urban environments do we value, and how do we measure these values? Many of the current trends with urban development are inconsistent with sustainable development and new perspectives on the construction of our cities are required to make cities more sustainable. This research uses a qualitative research approach in a case study in an urban development project in Lidköping to attempt to address some of these questions. The results are very diverse, but the highest-valued elements according to the participants were green space, old buildings, pedestrian space, public art, and cafes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 34 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 147
Keyword [en]
Sustainable Development, Community Participation, Visual Ethnography, Urban Development, Urbanization
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-201902OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-201902DiVA: diva2:629912
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2013-05-24, Norrland I, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 13:00 (English)
Available from: 2013-06-18 Created: 2013-06-17 Last updated: 2013-06-18Bibliographically approved

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