The PUBLIC SPACE RESEARCH GROUP welcomes, Clare Rishbeth presenting, Refugee inclusion in urban greenspace: strategies for inclusive practice
A presentation of findings and reflections from a one year project in the UK and Germany, #RefugeesWelcome in Parks. Though better understanding of the barriers and enablers for refugees and asylum seekers enjoying urban parks, I propose practical supportive strategies for inclusion, underpinned by the approach of ‘curated sociability’.
Dr. Clare Rishbeth is a senior lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture, Sheffield, UK. Her primary research area is migration and place, encompassing themes of belonging, (un)familiarity, experience of racism, recreation and nature connections. She led the research project ‘#RefugeesWelcome in Parks’, developing understanding and ideas to support improved wellbeing and inclusion for refugees using the local resource of urban greenspace. Her academic curiosity and social values are focused on profiles of marginalisation – shaped by intersections of ethnicity, class and gender – and the importance of these in informing the planning, design and management of public space. She is currently working on two research projects. ‘Voices for the Future’ maps youth activism engaging with climate change and the biodiversity crisis. ‘Just Turn Up’ explores how participation in informal sport in ethnically diverse urban public spaces might contribute to social interaction and inclusion.
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