Values in outdoor recreation
On 30th January 2015 ORN held its annual research seminar, this time looking at the theme of values. The event was hosted by the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, and was jointly led by Janet Dwyer (CCRI) and Brian MacAulay of the Canal and River Trust (CRT).
The seminar was very well attended by academics, practitioners and policy makers, all of whom were attracted by the high calibre of guest speakers. These included Dr Alex Franklin and Dr Ria Dunkley from Cardiff University, Olivier Vardakoulias from NEF Consulting, Professor Alister Scott from Birmingham City University and Professor Diane Crone, University of Gloucestershire.
The day was designed to explore the concept of ‘values’ in outdoor recreation, both in terms of economic value and the wider social and cultural value. The above speakers gave presentations covering the ecosystem and other approaches, bolstered by two group discussions delving deeper still into the arguments made by our speakers. Delegates also split into three groups to consider a potential strategy for more effective relationships between ORN members and the academic community. Recognising the mutual benefits in ensuring a strong dialogue going forward, the groups were asked to identify what resources we currently have, what are the priorities and how do we coordinate outputs.
Notes and presentaions from the seminar are available here