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Taking a walk on wheels in urban green: Discovering a portfolio of natural places for wheelchair users, employing an environmental justice approach
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Equal accessibility to green space for urban residents is not a given. This thesis research has aimed to identify how urban residents that move using a wheelchair organise their visits to various types of green space located at different distances, focussing on the use value and synergy between such green spaces. A qualitative approach has been applied to address this aim, using the yet rather unestablished photo elicitation method to explore the experience of wheelchair users in green space. The data demonstrated that wheelchair users have a standard set of green spaces that are frequently visited, which can be organised in the portfolio of natural places framework. Furthermore, the findings identify the accessibility of green space for wheelchair users as an environmental justice issue, proposing implications for inclusive green spaces of varying type and located at different distances. This study forms a way forward to the integration of disability studies and environmental justice literature, has generated a better understanding of the accessibility and use value of green space for wheelchair users and can serve as a springboard for further studies in urban planning that consider an integrated approach to green space, shifting the focus beyond people’s direct residential environment.

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2018.
Keywords [en]
accessibility, green space, environmental justice, disability, wheelchair, mobility
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-156863OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-156863DiVA, id: diva2:1211890
Available from: 2018-07-12 Created: 2018-05-31 Last updated: 2018-07-12Bibliographically approved

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