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Exploring community aspirations & actions for local greenspace

Shivali Fifield

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This case study outlines three consecutive participatory action research (PAR) projects to improve local greenspace in a Glasgow neighbourhood experiencing multiple deprivation. The purpose is twofold. First, to explore the enablers and constraints to challenge the environmental injustice of living in proximity to vacant and derelict land and poor environmental quality. The wider purpose is part of my doctoral research to trace the current practice of asset-based community development and theoretically explore the intersections with environmental justice and the multiple discourses of ‘resilience’. The three PAR projects serve to illustrate some of the organisational and neighbourhood ‘resilience’ factors influencing community aspirations and actions for greenspace. I conclude by evaluating the projects against Heron & Reason’s ‘four ways of knowing’, and offer a brief reflection on the wider questions that this case study raises.

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