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Towards a unified understanding of human–nature interactions

Masashi Soga () and Kevin J. Gaston
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Masashi Soga: The University of Tokyo
Kevin J. Gaston: University of Exeter

Nature Sustainability, 2022, vol. 5, issue 5, 374-383

Abstract: Abstract Interest in the direct interactions between individual people and nature has grown rapidly. This attention encompasses multiple academic disciplines and practical perspectives. A central challenge thus lies in creating a rich cross-disciplinary understanding of these interactions, rather than one that might become characterized by little conceptual, terminological and methodological unity. Here, to facilitate the former outcome, we bring together concepts and theories about direct human–nature interactions drawn from diverse disciplines within a unified conceptual framework. Using this framework, we discuss the linkages among key concepts and theories, identify important knowledge gaps and suggest directions for future research.

Date: 2022
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