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Transformative roles of people and places: Learning, experiencing and regenerative action through social innovation

Mehmood, Abid, Marsden, Terry, Taherzadeh, Alice, Axinte, Lorena and Rebelo, Cátia 2020. Transformative roles of people and places: Learning, experiencing and regenerative action through social innovation. Sustainability Science 15 , pp. 455-466. 10.1007/s11625-019-00740-6

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his paper discusses the transformative role of people and the places which they inhabit. It advocates the richness and multiplicity of actors and understandings to drive sustainable place-shaping practices. Grounded in the interdisciplinary place-based conceptualisation of social innovation, the paper aims to progress a holistic conceptual framework which integrates the active processes of learning, experiencing, and regeneration to tackle the complex challenges of sustainability. The discussion argues for moving beyond the conceptual deliberations into practice-based research. The framework proposed brings together three different lenses: first, transformative learning as an approach to experiential pedagogy with focus on education and learning based in local communities and the surrounding places; second, experiencing place through sense-making to help people relate closely to their values and meanings of place; third, regenerative action to reverse and recuperate from the negative impact of humans on the environment and promote place stewardship. Through a dynamic combination of these processes, new socially innovative agency is created. Empirical examples of this agency have been captured in this paper from a series of projects which were part of the SUSPLACE programme. In conclusion, we associate the interactive nature of this agency with sustainable re-learning, re-experiencing, and re-generation processes to reshape places in a transformative way.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
ISSN: 1862-4065
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 October 2019
Date of Acceptance: 9 October 2019
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2022 16:28

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