LES: Life quality in Raseborg


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Project name: Linking Environment and Society: Life quality in Raseborg

Our project aims at combining understanding the relationship between (objective) estimates of the state of the coastal environmental data with subjective survey data on a local detailed scale. The objective environmental data consists of unique detailed assessments of the state of coastal waters, which has been collected in the Raseborg municipality. The socio-economic data in the research will be obtained through a survey, where respondents can express their opinions about the state of the environment while I simultaneously receive demographic parameters about these inhabitants. 

The results will provide potential solutions for mitigating climate change effects through changes in land use practice and spatial planning. Most importantly, we aim to understand the societal importance and economic benefits of ecologically sustainable and understanding how important they are for the society. Furthermore, it will give exemplary estimating economical benefits of sustainable development in the region. Moreover, the results can will be used as a relevant tool for policymakers in the region. The developedis method framework can be modified and applied to different regions in Finland. One of the cornerstones of this method is involving society for assessing and promoting the environment. Thus, it can be used as a new operating model for achieving sustainable development and high life quality standards.

COVID-19 and natural environment

In winter 2020 the whole globe has faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, which had harsh consequences. The indisputably biggest impact it has on human health and lives. However, the pandemic is also expected to have a huge influence on people’s values, concerns and ethics. Due to the abrupt novel circumstances and restrictions, people became aware of and more often in touch with nature and this link is potentially getting stronger. Our ongoing PhD project at University of Turku encompasses the effect of environmental quality on well-being and life quality. In the project we here apply for we aim to test if these associations between the environment and life quality has changed due to the pandemic. Using a survey approach we will investigate changes in perception of the environment and their scale by comparing pre-pandemic and current subjective environmental data. Moreover, we aim to understand if these interactions have moved society towards sustainability.

Project team: Ruslan Gunko, Patrik Karell, Lauri Rapeli, Timo Vuorisalo and Matias Scheinin.

Contact: ruslan.gunko@novia.fi