E) Accessible greenspaces from a wheelchair perspective

Accessibility is key for understanding how greenspaces are used and by whom. Previous research has indicated that there is a strong connection between visiting greenspaces and mental and physical health. However, research within environmental justice has highlighted how access to these greenspaces differs between groups in society based on factors such as: ethnicity, socio-economics and mobility. The aim with this Stockholm-based study is to investigate how we can conceptualise and understand accessibility in a broader more inclusive way. This is done from a wheelchair perspective which is used to discuss the current ways of conceptualising accessibility and how this effects the wheelchair users.

This research track consists of two parts:
Part 1 (mid 2017 – beginning 2019) where the experiences and expertise from methods such as interviews, participant observations and a survey about wheelchair accessible greenspace are put in relation to the current ways of conceptualising about accessibility.

Part 2 (2019) where the results from part 1 are validated, critically reflected upon and discussed in a focus group. How and to what extent the results can be used and applied, as well as their strengths and weaknesses, are topics discussed within the focus group to get new perspectives on the results from part 1.

Researchers involved: Max Rautenberg (lead), Sara Borgström, Annika Dahlberg

Contact max.rautenberg@natgeo.su.se for questions about this research track.