Landscape and wellbeing: a conceptual framework and an example.
Nguyen, Song Tung
Nguyen, Thi Kim Dung
Pham, Thi Tram
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YUILL, C., MUELLER-HIRTH, N., NGUYEN, S.T., NGUYEN, T.K.D., PHAM, T.T. and MABON, L. . Landscape and wellbeing: a conceptual framework and an example. Health [online], (accepted).
This article explores why landscape is a crucial element in researching the relationship between environment and wellbeing. The main point we make is that human social agents are embedded in particular landscapes and it is in landscapes that environmental changes are experienced, which can have implications for wellbeing. We draw from a variety of perspectives on landscape that understand a fundamental creative relation between humans and landscape and recent developments in neo-materialism theorizing. Landscape is understood here as an assemblage of different forms of matter, animate and inanimate objects, as well as symbolic and cultural processes. A case study is also presented to indicate how landscape can be studied in relation to environment and change. Using the conceptual ideas laid out in the first section of the article we analyse landscape, environment and wellbeing in Xuan Thuy National Park in north Vietnam. The area is part of a precarious coastal region where extreme weather events have impacted on the wellbeing of both humans and other matter. The paper concludes with suggestions on the use of this landscape approach in researching environment and wellbeing.