OPENspace Research Seminar – Dr Anna Wilczyńska and Dr Oleksandr Karasov

Sunny day with groups of people sitting in The Meadows park Edinburgh

This is a recording from OPENspace Research Seminar by Dr Anna Wilczyńska and Dr Oleksandr Karasov, titled “Patterns of use and perceptions of blue spaces in Warsaw. From participatory research to planning and design recommendation”. It was run in-person and online on Tuesday 24th October 2023, 13:00-14:00 at Edinburgh College of Art and then repurposed as an OER under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 licence.

Seminar Title: Patterns of use and perceptions of blue spaces in Warsaw. From participatory research to planning and design recommendation

In this seminar, Anna Wilczyńska and Oleksandr Karasov will introduce the Participatory Geographic Information System (PPGIS) method as a practical tool for studying how people use and perceive blue spaces in Warsaw. In their study they explored which types of blue spaces people like and avoid, what specific spots are highly regarded, and the reasons behind these preferences.

Linking results to the methodology, the seminar will illustrate various aspects of data collection, preparation, analysis, and interpretation. These insights are not only valuable for understanding blue spaces in Warsaw but also for their wider applicability in diverse urban contexts, to address the unique characteristics and social-environmental importance of blue spaces.

Sperkers: Dr Anna Wilczyńska is a landscape architect and lecturer at the Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMU), and post-doc researcher at the Åbo Akademii University in Turku. Her work focuses on researching and designing sustainable urban landscapes, with an emphasis on human-nature relationships, social and environmental justice, public participation in design and research, qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.

Dr Oleksandr Karasov is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki. He received his PhD at the Estonian University of Life Sciences. Oleksandr applies social media and remote sensing data to study cultural ecosystem services, people-nature relationships, and, currently, cross-border human mobility within the BORDERSPACE project (led by Dr. Olle Järv, University of Helsinki).



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Our posts on other seminars from the series 2023-24 can be found here:

OPENspace Research Seminar – Prof. Simon Bell

OPENspace Research Seminar – Iain Scott

OPENspace Research Seminar – Fiona Nevzati


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