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Walking research in the North York Moors

Ratcliffe, Thomas ORCID: https://orcid.org/0009-0005-1117-2849 (2022) Walking research in the North York Moors. Voice of the Moors (149). pp. 12-13.

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From 2017-2021, NYMA Trustee Tom Ratcliffe conducted a PhD research project which investigated how people identify with three landscapes within the North York Moors and the role communities have in influencing decisions about landscape protection and change. The project researched the identity and influence of new community groups and the valorisation of landscapes with alternative management purposes in the National Park. The project was a qualitative study of the viewpoints held by a wide range of communities and key National Park stakeholders and how these people connect with these landscapes. Key groups and individuals interviewed included the National Park Authority, government bodies, conservation organisations and NGOs, landowners, land managers, developers and local voluntary groups. Tom conducted 58 interviews using ‘walking interviews’ as his primary method of data collection. He recorded the interviews then transcribed and analysed the data. Participants were taken on a set walking route on Sneaton Low Moor, Fylingdales Moor, and also other locations around the Park, which took around 1 hour to walk whilst questions were being asked. This article outlines some of Tom’s experiences and findings of walking on the moors.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
School/Department: York Business School
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/8051

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