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Ekoseminariet: Participatory walking methods and tools

Sustainability and environment
Culture and languages

With John Martin, University of Plymouth. Organised by Ekoseminariet at the Department of Literature, History of Ideas and Religion in cooperation with the Centre for Digital Humanities.

26 Nov 2021
15:15 - 17:00
C256, Humanisten, Renströmsgatan 6, Göteborg

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All participants are welcome to a post seminar in C664.

John Martin is focusing specifically on interdisciplinary approaches to landscape/seascape and assessment and monitoring. He is currently guest researcher at the Department of Literature, History of Ideas and Religion at the University of Gothenburg (2021-22)In his research, Martin pays particular attention to the development of landscape monitoring indicators thought participatory walking methods and digital tools. 

During the seminar, Martin will present and discuss the development of “My Cult-Rural Toolkit”. The toolkit includes various methods allowing expert and non-expert engagement with the landscape valuation process through embodied and situated approaches. All tools share the principle of gathering data through real-time interaction in the place of interest, following principles of the embodied approach to ecosystems' valuation. The toolkit employs both participatory hands-on workshops (Mini-Landscapes, Object Mapping, and Walking Maps) for in-depth understanding of values attached with landscape, and digital mobile apps (Rate My View app and Landscape Connect app) for exploratory, participatory mapping.


John would like to invite all participants to use the Rate My View app or send photos of your local views to his email ( before the seminar. Rate My View is available at ‎Rate My View on the App Store (  & Rate My View - Apps on Google Play

DR JOHN MARTIN is Head of Research Support and Development, University of Plymouth, UK. His research includes the mapping and valuation of culture and ecosystem services. He uses various mapping techniques ranging from ubiquitous technology tools to participatory workshops and remote sensing methods.  Keywords: Nature, Landscape, intangible/tangible heritage, mapping.In addition to his teaching and research duties he is also the Head of Research Strategy and Governance and part of the European Ruritage project