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Record number 512706
Title How do Europeans want to live in 2040? Citizen visions and their consequences for European land use
Author(s) Metzger, Marc J.; Murray-Rust, Dave; Houtkamp, Joske; Jensen, Anne; Riviere, Inge la; Paterson, James S.; Pérez-Soba, Marta; Valluri-Nitsch, Christiane
Source Regional Environmental Change 18 (2018)3. - ISSN 1436-3798 - p. 789 - 802.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-016-1091-3
Department(s) Spatial Knowledge Systems
Earth Observation and Environmental Informatics
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Keyword(s) Citizen science - Crowdsourcing - European citizens - Land use - Scenarios - Visions
Abstract The aspirations, motivations and choices of individual European citizens are a major driver of the future of global, European and local land use. However, until now no land use study has explicitly attempted to find out how the general public wants to live in the future. This paper forms a first attempt to survey European citizens to understand their desired future lives in relation to consequences for European land use. We used a crowdsourcing experiment to elicit visions from young Europeans about their lives in 2040. Participants completed a graphic novel around carefully selected questions, allowing them to create a story of their imagined future lives in pictures. The methodology worked well, and the sample seemed reasonably representative albeit skewed towards an educated population. In total, 1131 responses from 29 countries were received. Results show a strong desire for change, and for more sustainable lifestyles. There is desire for local and ecologically friendly food production, to eat less meat, to have access to green infrastructure and the ability to cycle to work. However, international travel remains popular, and the desire for extensive food production and owning detached houses with gardens will likely result in complex land use trade-offs. Future work could focus more specifically on quantifying these trade-offs and inform respondents about the consequences of their lifestyle choices. This was a first attempt to use crowdsourcing to understand citizen visions for their lives in the future, and our lessons learned will help future studies improve representativeness and increase responses.
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