Sensory Inequalities and Access to Blue Space

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There has been growing interest in research committed to recognising blue space exposure as a transformative experience for health and wellbeing. This research will sit within the critical paradigm of blue space engagement allowing for a reflexive exploration on the lived experiences of people with visual impairments (VI). Using a sequential multi-phase mixed method research design, this study will co-create to collect data on outdoor VI swimming engagers and non-engagers. A scoping exercise will estimate the number of VI outdoor swimmers nationally. A qualitative South Coast, UK case study will also allow for richer, deeper data capture to enhance real understanding of VI experiences. Findings will be presented using traditional and multi-sensory methods. They will aim to effectively inform cross-sectoral practice and policy interventions at different spatial scales. Output will share new knowledge, raise awareness and engage with policy makers, governmental bodies and stakeholders, on key safety concerns, inequalities of access and experience, risk management and proposed mitigation strategies associated with VI recreational blue space usage. Addressing these issues offers scope to extend and diversify the health and wellbeing benefits of blue space immersion by increasing accessibility and inclusion for everyone.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2024
EventNordic Geographers Meeting: Transitioning Geographies - University of Copenhagen, Ole Maaløes Vej 5, 2200 , Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 24 Jun 202427 Jun 2024
Conference number: 10


ConferenceNordic Geographers Meeting
Abbreviated titleNGM2024
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