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Title: An ecology of land use : the study of the interaction between people and natural processes based upon case studies of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and Hagi, Japan
Author: Makino, Keiji
ISNI:       0000 0004 9354 4997
Awarding Body: Newcastle University
Current Institution: University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis discusses the continuity, change and impact of people’s daily interactions with natural processes in historic built environments over time. It aims to investigate the relationship between people’s collective actions and their interactions with natural processes. A literature review of social capital and collective action theories informed the framework used to develop the methodology. A case study approach was used, examining Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK and Hagi in Japan. The thesis aims to investigate the way in which people have interacted with natural processes as each city has grown and changed. In particular the case studies investigate the collective actions of the Newcastle allotment garden communities and the volunteer groups of Hagi in relation to the protection and enhancement of local environmental characteristics. The findings indicate that the collective actions of these communities and groups can be seen as a significant example of community participation in local environmental concerns. Daily interactions with natural processes have created local distinctiveness in the landscapes. This is reflected in the character of the physical places, as well as the local traditions and cultures that have evolved over time. The thesis concludes that people’s collective actions in interaction with natural processes over time can create a variety of benefits and values for society and the environment. This can be described as an ecology of land use in historic built environments.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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